We tell you five things you need to know this morning.
1. Wynne wins. Liberals won in Toronto, where longtime New Democrat incumbents fell. Liberals won in the 905 suburbs, where Progressive Conservatives failed to sell an austerity agenda. Liberals held on to Ottawa seats and a handful of rural seats. They won in Peterborough, which continues a decades-long streak as a riding that votes for the government. The opposition had to win in unexpected places, and didn’t. PC Leader Tim Hudak will resign. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s future is uncertain. Kathleen Wynne was the first woman elected to lead Ontario. Now she gets to write some history.
2. Obama threatens jihadists. Armed fighters in Iraq continue to sweep south in the direction of Baghdad, seizing towns left defenceless by a fleeing military that refuses to fight. U.S. President Barack Obama said he’s considering military options to repel the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant fighters, though he’s currently ruling out the deployment of ground troops. Iran also offered assistance. Iraqi Prime Minister Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a senior Shia cleric, called on Iraqis to oppose the Sunni fighters advancing from the north. For now, the ISIL continues to march south.
3. Northern Gateway’s fans speak up. Enbridge’s battered corporate brand in British Columbia requires some tender loving care, reports The Globe and Mail, no matter what happens to the company’s proposed pipeline from the oilsands to port at Kitimat, British Columbia. But Northern Gateway has its promoters, and a long list of corporate giants put their names on a full-page ad in the National Post. The list includes everyone you might expect, as well as Bob Blakely of Canada’s Building Trades Union, Roy Finley of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and Bruce Dumont of Métis Nation BC.
4. Mounties intercept BlackBerry messages. RCMP officers boasted of reading more than a million encrypted communications that contributed to more than 30 arrests of alleged Quebec gangsters yesterday. For all the company’s troubles, BlackBerry’s PIN-to-PIN communications remain among the most secure in the industry. What’s unclear is how the cops got their hands on the messages, and whether or not it took a court order to accomplish. The Supreme Court will rule this morning whether or not law enforcement agencies require such an order to access private customer data.
5. Thai general plans reform.Prayuth Chan-ocha, the military commander who took power in a bloodless coup d’état last month, pledged to rewrite the country’s constitution and establish an interim government by September. The new, unelected administration would comprise political rivals. Chan-ocha set no timeline for an election that would restore a democratic government in Thailand, only promising a trip to the polls when the country as stable.