March 20th, 2019

National News

Budget 2019: Liberals promise tax credit, EI benefit to help workers

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – Canadians could soon be putting $250 a year towards better skills, while getting federal help to pay the bills. One of the showpieces in Tuesday’s federal Liberal budget, part of more than $1.7 billion in planned new spending over five years, aims to help workers prepare for tectonic digital shifts in Canada’s labour ... Read More »

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Liberals offer ‘modest’ help for first-time homebuyers

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – On the eve of a federal election this fall, the Liberal government is looking to help more Canadians buy their first homes by picking up a portion of their mortgage costs and increasing the amount they can borrow from their retirement savings for a down payment. Helping people enter the housing market has ... Read More »

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New $1B border strategy will get tough on irregular asylum seekers

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is signalling its intent to stem the flow of asylum seekers crossing into Canada at unofficial entry points with a new border-enforcement strategy aimed at detecting, intercepting and removing irregular migrants. A plan costing $1.18 billion over five years is promised in the 2019 federal budget to beef up border ... Read More »

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget speech

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Last week, I was back home in Toronto – where I had a chance to visit with some young people at the Boys and Girls Club in Regent Park. It was March Break last week, so they were pretty focused on having fun, like kids their age should be. ... Read More »

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Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples key theme in Liberal pre-election budget

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – The federal Liberal government plans to spend $4.5 billion over the next five years to try to narrow the socio-economic gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people – part of a plan to keep reconciliation at the forefront of this fall’s campaign narrative. Speaking to reporters inside the budget lockup, Finance Minister Bill Morneau ... Read More »

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Liberals to create national drug agency as building block of pharmacare plan

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Trudeau Liberals’ new budget promises a new agency to buy drugs in bulk and cut Canadian medication costs, the first step toward a national drug plan. In a sign of just how expensive pharmacare could be, the government is also promising to spend $500 million a year, starting in 2022, just on ... Read More »

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Highlights from the 2019 federal budget tabled Tuesday

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – Highlights from the federal Liberal budget tabled Tuesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau: – $1.7 billion over five years, and $586 million a year after that, for a Canada Training Benefit to help workers upgrade skills and acquire new ones while keeping their jobs. The benefit includes a $250-a-year tax credit to pay ... Read More »

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Asylum seeker in labour rescued from snow trying to cross Manitoba border

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

WINNIPEG – A pregnant woman who walked across the United States border into Manitoba was rescued after she became trapped in a snowbank and went into labour. Emerson-Franklin Reeve Dave Carlson said the woman called 911 on Saturday morning after she walked from Minnesota across the border near Emerson. The woman was following railway tracks, ... Read More »

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Tunisian billionaire who fled Canada ahead of 2016 deportation arrested in France

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

MONTREAL – An elusive Tunisian billionaire who disappeared from Canada as he was set to be deported to his homeland in 2016 has resurfaced and is under arrest in France. Belhassen Trabelsi fell off the radar of Canadian authorities three years ago as he was to be returned to Tunisia to face justice. The Tunisian ... Read More »

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October dates set for preliminary hearing in shipbuilding secrets case

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – A preliminary hearing is set for October in the case of a public servant accused of leaking cabinet secrets about a $700-million naval contract. Matthew Matchett, a suspended Public Service and Procurement Canada official, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of breach of trust in the matter. During a brief hearing Tuesday, ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan city to take another look at rejected group home proposal

By The Canadian Press on March 19th, 2019

WEYBURN, Canada – A Saskatchewan city council that voted against building a group home for disabled adults in an upscale neighbourhood is reconsidering the application. A statement from Weyburn’s city council says councillors met Monday with provincial government representatives and those involved with the project. Council says those with the project want to see the ... Read More »

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