Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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Quebec's National Assembly will undergo a massive seat shuffle when it next gathers, and the province will swear in a new premier-designate in businessman Francois Legault.

Voters in Monday's election have given the seven-year-old Coalition Avenir Quebec party a majority mandate, shattering nearly a half-century of two-party political rule in the province.

The right-leaning C-A-Q won 74 seats, more than double the 32 won by the incumbent Liberals, while Quebec solidaire won 10 seats.

The once-mighty Parti Quebecois was dealt a fourth-place finish with just nine seats -- three shy of what the sovereigntist party needed to maintain official party status.

P-Q Leader Jean-Francois Lisee lost his own Montreal-area riding and stepped down as leader. (1)

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's political opponents are scrambling to ensure he gets no credit for reaching a new continental trade deal, and that he reaps any political damage for the concessions made.

Trudeau insists the new U-S-M-C-A is good and stabilizing for Canada, and U-S President Donald Trump hails it as a breakthrough for American workers.

But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accused Trudeau of "capitulating'' to Trump and backing down on protecting Canada's dairy farmers, and on control of our auto industry and prescription-drug prices.

New Democrats also accuse Trudeau of "caving in'' to Trump and getting a worse deal than NAFTA. (1)

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(Indonesia-Earthquake)

Indonesia's disaster agency has boosted the death toll from Friday's earthquake and tsunami disaster to 12-hundred-and-34.

The magnitude-7.5 quake and the tsunami it generated struck Palu and nearby areas on central Sulawesi island, with the city of Palu among the hardest hit.

But officials note other big communities have not been counted yet, meaning the toll is likely to rise.(1)

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(Fredericton-Shooting)

The Fredericton Police Force is bolstering its front-line emergency response capabilities in the wake of August's deadly shooting that claimed the lives of four people, including two police officers, outside a city apartment complex. …

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