We tell you five things you need to know this morning.
1. RCMP arrest Justin Bourque. The Mounties ended a nearly 30-hour manhunt in Moncton’s north end just after midnight last night, when an unarmed Bourque surrendered to police. This morning, police released the names of the three officers Bourque is suspected to have killed two days ago: Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que.; Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B.; and Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Michelle Thibodeau, a 21-year-old actress and singer, tweeted about the arrest in her front yard, including Bourque’s final words before police took him into custody: “I’m done.”
2. Abdullah Abdullah survives a suicide attack. The front-running candidate for Afghanistan’s presidency was unharmed when an apparent suicide bomber, as well as a roadside bomb, struck his convoy in Kabul. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, though Taliban fighters have pledged to disrupt a second round of presidential elections scheduled for June 14. While the insurgents had some success discouraging voters during the election’s first round, more than six million Afghans still voted without incident. Abdullah secured 45 per cent of ballots, just shy of the required majority.
3. Police interviewed Dalton McGuinty. Ontario Provincial Police admitted yesterday they’d spoken to the former premier in April about the gas-plant scandal that’s tarnished his legacy. Yesterday, OPP served Queen’s Park staff with production orders related to the alleged wiping of hard drives by a tech whiz whose partner then worked in McGuinty’s office. The anti-rackets unit is investigating any orders to destroy correspondence that details the controversial, and expensive, cancellation of two gas plants. Only David Livingston, McGuinty’s former chief of staff, is currently a suspect.
4. Rebels die at the Russian border. Anton Herashchenko, an aide to Ukrainian interior minister Arsen Avakov, claimed that border guards fought off attackers who’d crossed from Russia with the support of pro-Russian rebels from eastern Ukraine. Herashchenko said 15 rebels died in the clash, while five Ukrainian guards suffered injuries at the Marynivka checkpoint about 95 kilometres east of Donetsk. Air strikes reportedly snuffed out the rebel attack.
5. Quebec passes an end-of-life bill. The National Assembly voted 94-22 in favour of legislation that sets conditions for medically assisted death. Ten cabinet ministers and a dozen Liberal backbenchers comprised the only nay votes as Quebec became the first North American jurisdiction to pass end-of-life legislation. Maclean’s recently wrapped up a months-long conversation series, in partnership with the Canadian Medical Association, that hashed out the end-of-life debate at live events in communities across Canada.