Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Alberta P-C Leader Jason Kenney says a proposed deal to merge his party with the Wildrose heralds the reunification of a family which has been divided for too long.

Kenney and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean say the two conservative parties are merging to form the United Conservative Party.

If the deal is approved by at least 75 per cent of Wildrose members and just over 50 per cent of P-C's, steps will be taken to elect a new leader.

Kenney says the merged party will defeat the current N-D-P government but Premier Rachel Notley says she's confident of the path she's taking and it doesn't matter if there is one right-wing party or 10. (The Canadian Press)



A teenaged gunman who killed four people at a home and a school in northern Saskatchewan told police afterwards that he was sorry about what he did.

In a videotaped interview that was played at the teen's sentencing hearing, police officers asked him how he felt when he thought about killing two brothers at their house in La Loche in January 2016.

He says he didn't plan to shoot them and they weren't part of the plan, as he cries in the video.

The sentencing hearing is to determine if the teen -- who also killed a teacher and a teacher's aide and wounded seven others at the school -- should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. (The Canadian Press)


(Toews-Ethics) (Mba Note)

A former federal cabinet minister who is now a Manitoba judge is disputing a ruling that he violated conflict-of-interest provisions after leaving politics.

Vic Toews (TAYVES) has filed an application with the Federal Court of Canada to have the April ruling from ethics commissioner Mary Dawson thrown out.

He says her findings were inaccurate and inconsistent with the evidence, and that he was unable to properly respond to accusations because witnesses were barred from speaking to him.

Dawson ruled that Toews -- who served in Stephen Harper's Conservative government -- violated the Conflict of Interest Act by providing consulting services and advice to two Manitoba First Nations. …

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