Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

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(Trudeau-Caucus)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau honed in on his core re-election message yesterday, telling M-Ps gathered on Parliament Hill for a two-day caucus meeting to present a positive message to Canadians leading up to this October's general election.

He also branded his Conservative opponents as a detached party of the elite.

He characterized his party as a beacon of hope for Canadians in a world of upheaval, and wants his M-Ps to keep the focus on domestic concerns.

He did not mention Canada's personal list of global woes, including its plummeting relations with China amid the arrest of a Chinese tech executive, the detention of two Canadians in China, and a Chinese court's sudden decision to sentence a Canadian to death for alleged drug-smuggling.(3)

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(Brexit)

European Union nations are vowing not to reopen the draft agreement on Britain's withdrawal from the bloc as they await details of British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to break the Brexit deadlock.

E-U foreign ministers arriving in London today for a regular monthly meeting also insisted they would need a very convincing reason to extend the March 29th departure date.

May is set to unveil her new divorce plan from the E-U, and it's expected to look a lot like the old plan decisively rejected by Parliament last week.(3)

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(Prison-Vans-Lawsuit)

A federal inmate with a heart condition who says he was shackled in a cramped transport van for almost eight hours is suing the government.

The lawsuit for a million dollars compensation comes after a federal ombudsman called the prison service's escort vans inhumane and unsafe, and recommended they be replaced.

Edwin Nott, a 65-year-old inmate who identifies as Metis and uses a walker, is serving a six-year sentence at eastern Ontario's Bath Institution.

He alleges he was handcuffed and bundled into a "sardine-can style" compartment of a van to take him to a court appearance in Kingston last February -- but he ended up spending nearly eight hours inside the van. …

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