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In the news today: Conservative and Liberal conventions, G7, and the assisted dying debate


 


Four stories in the news today:

FAREWELLS MADE, TORIES GET DOWN TO WORK

Thousands of Conservatives have bid farewell to former leader Stephen Harper and now get down to the work of renewing their party. The first full day of the Tories’ convention will feature intensive debate on issues ranging from whether to drop the current policy opposing same sex marriage to retooling the way the party itself is run.

G7 FINAL STATEMENT A MIXED BAG FOR CANADA

Justin Trudeau’s office says it’s pleased to find specific items on health, infrastructure and paying ransoms mentioned in the final leaders’ statement Friday at the Group of Seven summit in Japan. But the prime minister’s push to encourage leaders of all the G7 advanced economies to commit to boosting government investment as a way to help the stagnant global economy did not yield across-the-board support.

MP WITH CANCER PONDERS ASSISTED DYING BILL

Liberal MP Arnold Chan, 48, remembers feeling the small lump beneath his armpit one night as he was trying to fall asleep in his Ottawa hotel room. “Oh, damn,” Chan said he thought to himself that night in February as he realized the cancer had resurfaced.

CHALLENGE TO ASSISTED DYING BILL BLOCKED

Liberal brass have prevented a grassroots challenge to the government’s restrictive assisted dying bill from hijacking the ruling party’s first national convention since winning last fall’s election. A bid to have delegates consider an emergency resolution calling for amendments to the government’s proposed new law on assisted dying was rejected late Thursday by the party’s national policy committee.


 
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