Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Federal-Byelections)

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expected to call byelections in three federal ridings within days, he now has a fourth vacant riding he may choose to fill at the same time.

Sheila Malcolmson has resigned as the New Democrat M-P for the B-C riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith so she can run in a provincial byelection, called Wednesday by B-C Premier John Horgan for January 30th.

There are three other vacant ridings -- the B-C riding of Burnaby South, where N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the Commons, as well as the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe, and the Montreal riding of Outremont.

Trudeau's office confirms the P-M intends to call byelections in those three ridings early this month, with voting to take place in early February.(1)

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(Alberta-MLA-Resigns)

Former Alberta cabinet minister Stephanie McLean, who made history as the first M-L-A in Alberta to give birth while holding office, has resigned months after announcing she wouldn't seek re-election this spring.

Premier Rachel Notley posted on Facebook Wednesday night that she has received the notice from the Calgary-Varsity MLA, but didn't state a reason for McLean's departure four months before the provincial election.

McLean announced in May that she wouldn't run again as she planned to return to her law practice.(1)

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(US-Government-Shutdown)

U-S President Donald Trump says he remains "ready and willing" to work with Democrats to pass a government-spending bill, even as he refuses to budge over the five billion dollars in funding he wants for his long-promised border wall.

Trump tweeted Wednesday "Let's get it done!" as the partial government shutdown continues into a 13th day with no end in sight.

Trump's tweets came hours after he met with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders at the White House about border security, which by all accounts, made no progress. …

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