Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

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(OLY-2026-Calgary-Bid)(Audio:29)

Calgary's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics could be headed for the dustbin, now that a majority of city residents have said "No" to making a bid for the Games.

Fifty-six per cent of the more than 300-thousand people who voted in yesterday's plebiscite said "No" to submitting a bid for Calgary to host the Winter and Paralympic Games eight years from now.

Olympic bobsledding silver medallist Helen Upperton is disappointed in the vote result, and wonders what Calgary's big plans will be now.

Calgary city council has the final say, and will likely vote to scuttle a bid early next week. (3)

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(Trudeau-China)

The Trudeau Liberals' commitment to "progressive" trade deals was put into the spotlight today as promise hung over a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Chinese premier.

Trudeau and Li Keqiang met at a key gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders in Singapore, hoping to push ahead on talks toward a free trade agreement.

After the meeting, International Trade Minister Jim Carr told reporters the government remains interested in having a deal that helps female entrepreneurs, Indigenous Peoples and promotes other Canadian values.

China has had a cool response to the proposals, but Carr didn't say how the Chinese delegation responded to the concepts. (3)

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(Senator-Expenses)

The Trudeau government's representative in the Senate is urging senators to stop dragging their feet and create an independent body to oversee their expenses.

Senator Peter Harder is applying pressure six years after the Senate was engulfed by scandal over alleged improper expense claims, and more than three years after the federal auditor general recommended an independent oversight body to help head off future problems.

Harder says senators should not be judging the legitimacy of their fellow senators' expense claims, as is the current practice, noting Britain's House of Lords has long adopted independent oversight mechanisms. …

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