Politics

Absentee ballot, recount results trickle in across B.C. following tight election

VANCOUVER – Counting is underway for thousands of absentee ballots that could determine the results of British Columbia’s tight election. Elections BC says the final count is complete in 16 ridings, with the Liberals securing 11 seats and the New Democrats five. Results from the vote on May 9 show the Liberals with 43 seats, …

Pimentel to De Lima: If you are detained, you cannot do some things

MANILA– Senate Pres. Aquilino Pimentel III on Monday reminded Sen. Leila de Lima of her limitations as a detained lawmaker following her request to join voting on landmark measures. De Lima requested to participate in Senate sessions, particularly in the deliberations of measures. However, Pimentel said that according to Senate rules she had to be …

Where the leaders are in the N.S. election

HALIFAX – Where the N.S. leaders are on Monday, May 22. Liberals DARTMOUTH – Liberal leader Stephen McNeil makes an announcement at candidate Joanne Bernard’s campaign headquarters (1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., between Dominos and Subway restaurants, 118 Wyse Rd.) Tories HALIFAX – Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie holds media availability (9:30 a.m., 1482 Queen …

Couillard says Quebec could play a role in Middle East peace process

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says the province could contribute to an eventual successful peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking today in the West Bank, he said Quebec could play a role, within its limits, in resolving the impasse and promoting the construction of two peaceful states living side by side. …

N.S. parties trade accusations about ‘playing politics’ with sexual assault

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal and Tory parties are pointing fingers at one another for “playing politics” with sexual assault. Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie said Sunday that the Liberal government misled the public when it committed to hiring two special prosecutors to handle sexual assault cases. The hires were announced in March in the …

Trudeau responds to Kenney’s threat to sue Ottawa with dig at Conservatives

EDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Jason Kenney’s threat to sue Ottawa if Kenney becomes premier by making a dig at the former federal Conservative government. Kenney, a major figure in Stephen Harper’s government who is expected to seek the leadership of a new provincial united conservative party in Alberta, said on Thursday …

Opposition parties try to block Trudeau’s pick for languages commissioner

OTTAWA – Opposition parties are trying to block the nomination of Madeleine Meilleur as the country’s new official languages commissioner. Conservatives and New Democrats accuse Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of picking Meilleur for the job without consulting them. The two opposition parties asked the Speaker of the House of Commons on Wednesday to review the …

Dumped Tory candidate squabbles with leader, is ‘looking into’ continuing her bid

HALIFAX –An ejected Tory candidate says she is looking into continuing her bid for public office, as she traded fresh barbs with the party’s leader about whether she faced a double standard when she was dropped because of online comments. Leader Jamie Baillie insisted Wednesday there was no double standard in dropping Jad Crnogorac in …

De Lima on PDAF reinvestigation: a witch hunt

Amid reports that the Duterte government will reopen the so-called “pork-barrel” scam, detained Senator and Duterte critic Leila De Lima said that the administration is setting the stage for an “upcoming government witch hunt”. It was on Monday when reports surfaced that the government will use alleged mastermind and currently detained Janet Lim-Napoles as a …

China to offer $500 million loan for PH defense

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced on Sunday that the Chinese Government had offered a $500-million defense loan to the Philippines. The announcement was made during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing and after representatives from the Chinese arms manufacturer, Poly Technologies Inc had paid a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing. Lorenzana …

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