Seven stories in the news for Wednesday, May 17
ALBERTA PASSES BILL THAT COULD CUT OIL TO B.C.
Alberta has passed legislation that could see punitive price spikes in British Columbia in the dispute over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. Premier Rachel Notley won’t say when and how the power will be used, but said she won’t wait long. The bill would give Alberta the power to decide how much fuel is sent and by what means, be it by rail or pipeline. B.C. Premier John Horgan calls law provocative and his attorney general says a law designed to inflict harm on another province violates the constitution.
TRUDEAU CONTINUES U.S. TRIP
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend a business luncheon in Manhattan today, just as word spreads that efforts to conclude NAFTA talks before the end of this week are likely to fail. Trudeau will spend the second morning of his three-day U.S. tour participating in what is billed as an “armchair discussion” on economics and international trade at the Economic Club of New York.
TORIES, JEWISH GROUPS CONDEMN PM’S GAZA REMARKS
Canadian Jewish groups and the Conservatives have criticized Prime Minister Trudeau’s comments on the deadly violence in Gaza this week. Trudeau said he was “appalled” by the shooting of a Canadian doctor and described the reported use of excessive force and live ammunition as “inexcusable.” The Toronto-based Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer all criticized Trudeau for failing to call out the militant group Hamas for its role in the violence.
JASON KENNEY DEFENDS CALLING TRUDEAU CLUELESS
Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is standing by his personal attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whom he called empty and clueless. Kenney says, from his experience, Trudeau struggles with nuanced political issues, particularly the Trans …read more
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