Five stories in the news today, June 9, from The Canadian Press:
EDMONTON OFFICER KILLED, ANOTHER WOUNDED
A west Edmonton neighbourhood erupted in chaos Monday night as one police officer was killed and another injured in a shooting that one witness said started out as a routine arrest. Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht identified the slain officer as Const. Daniel Woodall, a 35-year-old, eight-year veteran who was recruited from Great Britain. A 38-year-old officer, Sgt. Jason Harley, was shot in the lower back but is expected to make a full recovery.
SCATHING SENATE AUDIT SET FOR RELEASE
After almost two years of work, auditor general Michael Ferguson’s long-awaited audit of Senate spending is about to be released to the public. Many details have already been leaked, including the names of the 30 senators whose spending was flagged. Ferguson’s two-year review of 80,000 transactions totalling about $180 million found almost $977,000 in problematic spending. He cites a lack of “oversight, accountability, and transparency.”
TRADE MINISTERS SET TO DISCUSS INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE
Federal, provincial and territorial trade ministers meet in Toronto today to talk about making it easier to move goods, services and labour across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses is urging the ministers to come up with a new deal that removes trade barriers between provinces. The small-business lobby wants to see a national agreement to eliminate what it calls “artificial barriers” that prevent the movement of goods, services and labour within Canada.
STATE FUNERAL TODAY FOR JACQUES PARIZEAU
A state funeral will be held in Montreal this afternoon for former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau. The longtime politician died on June 1 at the age of 84. Parizeau is remembered nationally as the Parti Quebecois premier during the 1995 sovereignty referendum that nearly split Quebec from the rest of Canada. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. eastern at Saint-Germain-D’Outremont Church.
QUEBEC LIBERALS CAPTURE TWO PROVINCIAL BYELECTIONS
Philippe Couillard’s Liberals won two provincial byelections on Monday in what some viewed as an early showdown between the premier and Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau. One of the ridings was Jean-Talon, a Quebec City constituency the Liberals have held since 1966, which Sebastien Proulx won easily. The other byelection in the provincial capital saw one former TV reporter, Veronyque Tremblay, defeat ex-journalist Jocelyne Cazin.
ALSO IN THE NEWS …
— Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet in Poland with Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, President Bronislaw Komorowski and President-elect Andrzej Duda on regional security and trade.
— Trial continues for suspended Sen. Mike Duffy. He has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges, including fraud, breach of trust and bribery.
— Former BlackBerry mogul Jim Balsillie addresses the Empire Club of Canada.
— Bail hearing continues in Montreal for El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane, who each face four terrorism-related charges.
The Canadian Press