Four stories in the news today, June 16:
TRUDEAU TO UNVEIL PLAN TO ‘RESTORE DEMOCRACY’
Justin Trudeau wants this fall’s federal election to be the last one conducted under the first-past-the-post system. Changing the way Canadians vote is just one element of a sweeping, 32-point plan to “restore democracy in Canada” that the Liberal leader is poised to announce today.
HARPER CRUSHING DEMOCRACY, SAYS COALITION
A report coming out today accuses the Harper government of stifling dissent and crushing democracy by punishing civil society groups. That complaint has been heard before, but a 66-page report from a coalition of 200 organizations and 500 individuals accuses the government of taking away funding or otherwise intimidating organizations that it disagrees with.
CANADIANS TRYING TO PAY DOWN MORTGAGE DEBT
A survey by Manulife Bank of Canada says nearly half of Canadian homeowners are taking steps to whittle down their mortgage debt, but many would be in trouble if their monthly payments grew even slightly. Manulife says 18 per cent of homeowners made extra lump-sum payments towards their mortgages in the past year, while 17 per cent increased their regular payments.
MIKE DUFFY’S TRUE-BLUE FRIENDS
Eight weeks into the trial of Sen. Mike Duffy, the seats for courtroom guests are rarely full. But on many days, a few neatly dressed, mostly grey-haired visitors will arrive to sit quietly beside, or directly behind, the parliamentarian and his wife Heather. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair addresses the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto and outlines his vision for the economy and a stronger middle class.
Verdicts are expected in the Halifax trial of Nelson Hart, charged with three counts of making threats and one count of mischief to property after an incident at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
StatsCan releases international transactions in securities for April and job vacancies for the three months ended in March.