Six stories in the news for Wednesday, May 16
MORNEAU TO ENUNCIATE TRANS MOUNTAIN VISION
Finance Minister Bill Morneau will provide an update today on the status of his talks with Kinder Morgan to expedite the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — but he is not expected to announce a deal. Rather, Morneau is expected to articulate the Liberal government’s goals that could form the basis of an agreement. The finance minister’s public display comes the day before the company’s annual meeting in Calgary.
TRUDEAU TO MAKE TRADE PITCH AT YANKEE STADIUM
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will throw out a pitch for free trade in the heart of American baseball culture this morning. As a target date to complete negotiations for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement looms later this week, Trudeau will kick off a three-day U.S. excursion with a commencement speech for New York University at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
SASKATCHEWAN WANTS OTTAWA TO GET TOUGH WITH B.C.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is calling on the prime minister to get tough with British Columbia over its opposition to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. He says Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government should withhold sending federal infrastructure money to B.C. Moe says it’s been a month since Trudeau met with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley but the federal government has not introduced legislation to help get the project built.
SOUTHERN B.C.RESIDENTS BRACE FOR ‘ROUND TWO’
There is a feeling of “calm apprehension” in the southern B.C. city of Grand Forks as officials warn of a coming second wave of flood waters, says Brett Swope. The pastor at the Grand Forks Baptist Church said he noticed the flood waters return on Tuesday on a local road that had been dry on Monday. At least 1,500 homes in a region that includes Grand Forks remained evacuated and evacuation orders cover another 500 homes around the province, while more than 2,600 homes were on evacuation alert.
CORPORATE CRIME LEEWAY HAS DRAWBACKS: REPORT
A federal plan to take a bite out of corporate crime by allowing prosecutors to suspend criminal charges against companies has potential downsides, an internal analysis says — including the risk it could fail to discourage misdeeds and erode public confidence in the legal system. The Trudeau government has quietly tucked a proposal to amend the Criminal Code into its budget legislation to allow for the use of a tool sometimes referred to as a “deferred prosecution agreement,” or DPA.
JETS LOOK TO TAKE SERIES LEAD IN VEGAS
Veteran Winnipeg Jets centre Paul Stastny says the club is “ready to bounce back” in Game 3 of the NHL’s Western Conference final tonight in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights prevailed 3-1 on Monday in Winnipeg to tie the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. The Jets are 4-2 on the road during these NHL playoffs.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Statistics Canada will release the monthly survey of manufacturing for March.
— Kinder Morgan Canada will hold its annual general meeting in Calgary.
— Officials will provide an update on unsettled insurance claims from the 2016 Wood Buffalo wildfire in Alberta.
— B.C. Premier John Horgan will address the media at the Chilliwack emergency management warehouse.
— Halifax’s Auditor General will release an audit report on Procurement.
— Tom Palaia — the U.S. Consul General to Alberta, Saskatchewan and the N.W.T. — speaks to the Canadian Club of Calgary.
— Memorial Cup news conference with the four head coaches will be held in Regina.
— In Montreal, the Just For Laughs comedy festival will release its lineup.