Seven stories in the news today:
NDP’S TOM MULCAIR TO BE TESTED
More than 1,500 NDP faithful are set to gather in Edmonton today, where their leader once believed to be the ticket to the electoral promised land will face a critical test. The event is expected to get off to an awkward start, with Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff set to be one of the first to speak just days after publicly announcing his opposition to Mulcair.
NOTLEY PROMOTES PIPELINES IN TV ADDRESS
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley hs used a provincewide TV address to deliver one of her strongest statements to date on the need for new pipelines, saying Alberta’s fate is Canada’s fate. “Every Canadian benefits from a strong energy sector,” said Notley in the 15-minute taped address aired on three networks. Notley is trying to build support for the Energy East pipeline from Alberta to ports and refineries in New Brunswick.
PM SAYS HE DOESN’T HAVE OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS
Prime Minister Trudeau says you won’t find his name in the leaked documents that sparked an international furor over tax avoidance. Speaking in Sudbury, Ont., Trudeau said he has been fully open with Canadians about the investments he holds. He said the Panama Papers highlight concerns people have about political leaders and other powerful corporate figures using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.
LONG-AWAITED ASSISTED DYING LAW COMING SOON
The Trudeau government won’t be taking a permissive approach to medically-assisted dying in long-awaited legislation to be unveiled as early as next week, The Canadian Press has learned. Sources, who aren’t authorized to speak publicly about the imminent bill, say it won’t adopt some of the most controversial recommendations from a special parliamentary committee.
FUNERAL TODAY FOR JEAN LAPIERRE AND RELATIVES
A funeral for former federal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre and five of his relatives will be held today in eastern Quebec. They died in a plane crash on March 29 while headed home for the Lapierre’s father. The service will take place at 9 a.m. eastern in Bassin, Lapierre’s hometown in Iles-de-la-Madeleine.
CANADA FACES EU VISA DEADLINE
Canada and the European Union are racing towards Tuesday’s deadline to avoid triggering a process that could result in Canadian travellers having to obtain a visa to travel to 26 European countries. It is part of an ongoing dispute in which the EU has pushed Canada to lift its requirement on travellers from its member countries, Romania and Bulgaria.
LATEST JOBLESS NUMBERS TO BE RELEASED TODAY
Statistics Canada will update the country’s unemployment figures today for March. In February, the jobless rate rose to 7.3 per cent for first time in three years amid flat overall job growth. The economy lost 2,300 net jobs in February as the national rate increased by 0.1 per cent for the third month in a row.