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Trudeau skips out as Liberal conventioneers vote to legalize assisted suicide

MONTREAL - Federal Liberals have voted in favour of legalizing assisted suicide but whether Leader Justin Trudeau will run with the idea is a mystery. Trudeau was not in the room Sunday when delegates to the party's national convention passed a resolution urging that voluntary, medically assisted death be decriminalized — although moments earlier he had been just outside the convention hall, cheering as the Canadian men's hockey team won Olympic gold.

Trudeau promotes star recruits, hopes to influence nomination outcomes

MONTREAL - Justin Trudeau has vowed that anyone who wants to run for the Liberal party in the next election, himself included, will have to win a fair, open nomination contest. But that doesn't mean he won't try to influence the outcome of those contests. Indeed, his marked preference for certain contenders has created murmurs of discontent at the Liberal convention, where the leader's hand-picked star recruits have been on prominent display. Privately, some Liberals grumble that Trudeau is tipping the scales by promoting his favoured contenders.

Trudeau promotes star recruits, hopes to influence nomination outcomes

MONTREAL - Justin Trudeau has vowed that anyone who wants to run for the Liberal party in the next election, himself included, will have to win a fair, open nomination contest. But that doesn't mean he won't try to influence the outcome of those contests. Indeed, his marked preference for certain contenders has created murmurs of discontent at the Liberal convention, where the leader's hand-picked star recruits have been on prominent display. Privately, some Liberals grumble that Trudeau is tipping the scales by promoting his favoured contenders.

Senators cast out of caucus feel thoroughly welcome at Liberal convention

MONTREAL - After having been kicked out of the Liberal national caucus, one might think senators would be about as welcome at the party's national convention as skunks at a garden party. But the half dozen or so senators who've chosen to the attend the event in Montreal this week say they've been made to feel thoroughly welcome. Rival parties have been trying to make hay with the presence of senators at the gathering, suggesting it proves Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's move to boot them out of caucus was a meaningless gimmick.

Small glitch mars Trudeau's first Liberal convention as leader

MONTREAL - Justin Trudeau's first national party convention since becoming Liberal leader has started with a slight hitch. A rehearsal of his opening speech was inadvertently broadcast to the media room several hours before he was to officially welcome some 3,000 Liberal delegates to Montreal. The practice run included a Skype call to his wife, Sophie, who is staying at home in Ottawa because she's due to give birth to their third child any day.

Liberal convention to emphasize team, policy with debut of star recruits

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau wants to be known by the company he keeps. And starting Thursday at a four-day national Liberal convention, he'll be keeping company with people whose intellectual heft, breadth of experience and economic credentials he hopes will help dispel qualms about his suitability to be prime minister. The Montreal convention, Trudeau's first since being crowned leader last April, will showcase some of the stars he's recruited to run for the Liberals in next year's election.

Loss of Immigrant Investor Program for all provinces except Quebec angers Wall

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is frustrated that the federal government is scrapping the Immigrant Investor Program for all provinces except Quebec. Wall said he knows Ottawa had concerns about whether the program was functioning properly. But the premier said it was successful in Saskatchewan and attracted more than $160 million in investments that was used to build homes during a housing shortage.

Text of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget speech in the House of Commons

OTTAWA - Mr. Speaker, nearly 150 years ago, Canada was founded with fiscal responsibility as its cornerstone. The men and women who carved this great country out of the wilderness simply called it “good government.” That’s what Minister of Finance John Rose was talking about when he stood before this assembly to deliver Canada’s first budget speech in 1868. He said, “I say that we ought to be most careful in our outlay, and consider well every shilling we expend.”

Trudeau attempts to square Senate decision with pledges of consensus

VANCOUVER - Justin Trudeau's decision to expel his party's senators from caucus caught pretty much everyone on Parliament Hill off guard — even the senators themselves — but the Liberal leader insisted Friday the move doesn't contradict his own promises not to rule from the top. Trudeau announced earlier in the week that all 32 Liberal senators had been kicked out of caucus, in what he described as the first step toward removing partisanship from the upper chamber.

Parliamentarians grapple with repercussions of Liberals liberating senators

OTTAWA - It was business as usual in the Senate one day after Justin Trudeau shook up the upper chamber by booting all senators from the Liberal caucus. But despite the outwardly unchanged proceedings, senators and MPs were wrestling behind the scenes Thursday with some immediate repercussions from the Liberal leader's surprise move.
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