Five stories in the news for Wednesday, June 13
BERNIER DEMOTED FROM TORY SHADOW CABINET
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has removed Quebec MP Maxime Bernier from his role as the party's innovation critic. A senior Conservative source tells The Canadian Press the decision was made after Scheer was informed that Bernier had posted a chapter from his forthcoming book on his personal website. The chapter, which deals with supply management, is the same one released publicly in April. In a tweet Tuesday night, Bernier says "There is nothing new" about it. It's the latest flareup in a continuing clash between the Conservative leader and the man he beat out for the position a year ago. Bernier has been replaced in the innovation post by science critic Matt Jeneroux on an interim basis.
FORD TO MEET WITH INDUSTRY REPS ON NAFTA
Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford will meet with industry representatives today to discuss NAFTA negotiations as the trade talks appear increasingly troubled. The meeting comes just days after Ford said he stands "shoulder to shoulder" with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was the subject of a Twitter tirade from U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend. Ford said Sunday that his top priority is to protect jobs in Ontario, including those of steel and aluminum workers. On Thursday, Ford will sit down with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canadian ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton for a briefing on the NAFTA talks.
BOUSHIE'S MOTHER CALLS OUT RACISM IN SASKATCHEWAN
The mother of a young Indigenous man who was shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm says racism is on full display in the province every day. Debbie Baptiste said she sees racism everywhere — in private business, in the courts and in the government, where Indigenous children are being taken into foster care. Baptiste's son Colten Boushie was shot in the head on a farm near the community of Biggar in August 2016. The landowner, Gerald Stanley, was acquitted of second-degree murder after testifying that his gun went off accidentally. Baptiste is in Regina to show her support for the Justice for Our Stolen Children camp that's set up outside the Saskatchewan legislature.
SUNCOR PROMISES TO END FUEL SHORTAGES
Suncor Energy Inc. says a fuel supply shortage that left some of its Petro-Canada stations in the four western provinces with no gasoline to pump should clear up in the next few days. Stations began running out of fuel about two weeks ago in Edmonton and Calgary, followed by some Petro-Canada outlets in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and B.C. Spokeswoman Nicole Fisher says Suncor's 142,000 barrel-a-day Edmonton refinery was restarted last week after being shut down for regular spring maintenance and the company is working to resupply the stations.
HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS ROCK OTTAWA SENATORS
The wife of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the girlfriend of one of Karlsson's teammates, alleging harassment and cyberbullying. In an application for a peace bond filed May 4 in an Ottawa court, Melinda Karlsson alleges that Monika Caryk posted hundreds of derogatory online messages aimed at her and her husband. Caryk is the longtime partner of Senators forward Mike Hoffman. "Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead," Karlsson said in the sworn statement. The Karlssons' first child, a son named Axel, was stillborn in March. The Ottawa Citizen was first to report on the allegations.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland attends in-camera meeting with the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
— Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announces new federal measures to reduce homelessness.
— Statistics Canada releases Canada's international investment position for the first quarter.
— Senate veterans affairs committee holds a press conference to discuss its findings on the services available for soldiers transitioning to civilians.
— Former prime minister Stephen Harper to speak at a fundraising event for an Israeli college in Toronto.
— A rally against violence is held in Surrey, B.C. after the deaths of several teens.
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