Five stories in the news for Thursday, June 14
FREELAND WRAPS WASHINGTON TRIP
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland continues her trip to Washington, D.C., today, where she’s been pushing for an end to the Trump administration’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Freeland met yesterday with members of the influential US Senate foreign relations committee, where she received some support for the Canadian government’s position on the tariffs. She also criticized President Donald Trump, without naming him, during an acceptance speech for Foreign Policy magazine’s diplomat of the year award.
RECONSTRUCTION COP TO TESTIFY AT MILLARD TRIAL
A Toronto police crime scene reconstruction expert is expected to testify at the murder trial of a twice-convicted murderer accused of killing his father, whose death was initially ruled a suicide. Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, has pleaded not guilty to killing his 71-year-old father, Wayne Millard, on Nov. 29, 2012. The trial has heard that Millard bought the handgun found beside his father’s body from a weapons dealer months earlier, and court documents show his DNA was found on the handle of the gun.
COME CLEAN ON CARBON PRICE COST: POILIEVRE
Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre says he plans to make life really uncomfortable for the governing Liberals until they finally give in and produce their analysis on how much a carbon price of $50 a tonne is going to cost the average Canadian family. The Conservatives are feeling emboldened by Doug Ford’s electoral triumph in Ontario. Ford campaigned on a promise to get rid of the province’s cap and trade system. Poilievre will introduce a motion today demanding the Liberals produce documents on the cost by June 22.
NUNAVUT PREMIER NON-CONFIDENCE VOTE EXPECTED
Nunavut residents are expecting to find out if they’ll have a new premier after a scheduled non-confidence vote in the legislature today. If the vote is successful, it will remove Premier Paul Quassa less than a year after he was chosen to lead the territory. Under Nunavut’s consensus government, there are no political parties and members of the legislature choose the premier from among their number.
MAYORAL RUN COULD UPSET BALANCE IN B.C. LEGISLATURE
A New Democrat member of the British Columbia legislature is running for the mayor’s job in Nanaimo, potentially upsetting the delicate balance of power for the provincial government. If Leonard Krog is elected in October, the NDP and Green alliance will be reduced to 43 seats, while the B.C. Liberals have 42. The Nanaimo riding has traditionally been a New Democrat stronghold, but if the Liberals were to win a byelection there, it would give them the same number of seats as the New Democrats and Greens together. Krog made his mayoral run official Wednesday night.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— The 2018 World Cup gets underway in Moscow, with host Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the opener.
— Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada hosts a citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax to welcome 151 new citizens.
— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer visits the Quebec riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord to support party candidate Richard Martel in advance on the federal byelection on June 18.
— Statistics Canada releases the national balance sheet and financial flow accounts for the first quarter and the new housing price index for April.
— The Supreme Court of Canada renders a decision in five leave to appeal applications.
— Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford meets with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canadian ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, to be briefed on NAFTA negotiations.
— The Calgary Stampede announces its 2018 parade marshal.