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Four stories in Canada we’re watching

April 6: Watching the Sen. Mike Duffy trial, an autopsy in Newfoundland, and a possible spring election for PEI


 

A SPRING ELECTION FOR PEI?

Is PEI due for another election? Andrew Vaughan/CP

Andrew Vaughan/CP

Spring fever has been nudged aside by election fever in Prince Edward Island. Speculation is swirling that Premier Wade MacLauchlan will call an election tonight when he attends a nomination in the riding he intends to run in. MacLauchlan’s office isn’t commenting, but a spokeswoman for his governing Liberals says there will be an announcement today of interest to all islanders.

Related reading: Aaron Wherry on P.E.I.’s optimist-in-chief

AUTOPSY TO BE DONE IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

An autopsy is to be done on a man who was killed on Sunday in a shooting incident that has been linked to a police investigation into an alleged threat against Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis. RCMP are not confirming a link but a source close to the investigation says the incident involved a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. The source says the RNC officer was investigating an alleged threat against Davis. RCMP confirm an RNC officer was in the area southwest of St John’s where the man was killed but won’t comment on any links to the premier’s office.

JAILED SPY MOVED IN MANY CIRCLES

Former CIA agent John Kiriakou spent two years in prison after being convicted of giving information to the media. In an interview with The Canadian Press he talked about his life behind bars and how he dined with white supremacists and Italian mobsters and was embraced by black nationalists from the Nation of Islam. He’s even written a book titled “Doing Time Like A Spy – How the CIA Taught Me To Survive And Thrive In Prison.”

DUFFY TRIAL MAIN EVENT FOR POLITICAL WATCHERS

(CP Photo)

(CP Photo)

The trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy begins tomorrow, but members of the Harper government will also find themselves under the microscope. The prosecution will begin rolling out their case against Duffy who faces 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Duffy has denied the allegations and his lawyer says although some of Duffy’s side of the story has emerged, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. It’s expected Duffy’s legal team has a counter-attack in store that will zero in on key figures from the Prime Minister’s Office and party circles.

Mike Duffy on trial: Maclean’s go-to destination for comprehensive court coverage


 

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