Four stories in the news today, Feb. 20:
TRUDEAU SLAMS PM FOR STOKING FEARS OF MUSLIMS
Justin Trudeau says Stephen Harper is pandering to fears about Muslims with his insistence that no one should be allowed to wear a veil while taking the oath of Canadian citizenship.The Liberal leader says Harper’s stance _ which the Conservative party has enthusiastically embraced to rally support, raise money and pad its voter data base _ is unworthy of a prime minister in such a diverse, multicultural country.
GHIZ EXITS POLITICAL STAGE
P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz leaves the political stage this weekend. The governing Liberals will crown a new leader during a convention that starts today. Former University of Prince Edward Island president Wade MacLauchlan is the only person who ran to take over from Ghiz. He’ll be sworn in as premier on Monday.
SUSPECT IN ROBBERY OF WWII VET BACK IN COUR
The man charged in connection with December’s home invasion and robbery of a 101-year-old Second World War veteran appears in an Ottawa court today. Ian Bush faces a string of charges in the case. Ernest Cote’s ordeal gained national attention. Bush may take on additional legal troubles during today’s court appearance. Local media outlets reported Thursday that Bush is being investigated in connection with a triple homicide in Ottawa in 2007 and will be charged today. His lawyer decried the media leak, accusing police of going on a witch hunt.
SUSPECT IN KILLING, ABDUCTION, SURROUNDED
Police are still surrounding a property where they are communicating with a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a teenager and the abduction of the young man’s 17-year-old girlfriend in northern Saskatchewan. Officers have maintained a perimeter around the home of Jonas Budd’s brother in Sturgeon Landing, close to the Manitoba boundary, for nearly a day.