Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

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Quebec's new premier-designate is promising to make the province stronger, richer and prouder, now that voters have tossed aside the longtime two-party rule and given his young party a majority mandate.

Francois Legault's seven-year-old, right-leaning Coalition Avenir Quebec party took 74 of Quebec's 125 legislative seats, pummelling the incumbent Liberals who got 32 seats and the fourth-place Parti Quebecois which won nine.

In his victory speech, the multimillionaire co-founder of Air Transat vowed to protect Quebec's culture and negotiate more powers from Ottawa, while never holding a referendum on sovereignty.

Outgoing Liberal premier Philippe Couillard congratulated Legault for an election win that was "complete and without ambiguity."

The former neurosurgeon said he will leave the premier's office with his head held high, knowing he has left the province in better shape than when he entered office in 2014. (3)

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(Asylum-Seeker-Housing)

Asylum seekers who crossed the border into Canada irregularly and have been temporarily staying in hotels will have their stays extended while officials continue looking for a longer-term solution.

The Toronto hotel rooms were reserved in August as a short-term solution that was supposed to last until as late as September 30th.

But a plan is still being worked out, so the migrants will stay in the hotel rooms for an extra four weeks.

Ontario has asked the federal government for 200-million dollars to recoup costs incurred from irregular border crossers, and Quebec has asked for 146-million. (3)

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(LNG-Canada-Approval)

Investors have given final approval for a massive liquefied national gas project in northern B-C.

The five partners have agreed to the 40-billion-dollar joint venture that includes a gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on the B-C coast and a 670-kilometre pipeline delivering natural gas from the northeast corner of the province. …

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