Ontario PCs win second majority, Tory leadership deadline: In the news June 3

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to get your day started. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of June 3… What we’re seeing in Canada…

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to get your day started. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of June 3…

What we’re seeing in Canada…

Ontario’s major political parties are charting new directions today, with one heading for a second term with an even stronger mandate than the last and two others seeking new leaders.

The Progressive Conservatives won a second majority Thursday night, prompting the resignation of Andrea Horwath as leader of the New Democrats and Steven Del Duca as leader of the Liberals.

The Conservatives won an astonishing 83 seats, even more than the 76 they won in 2018, which was considered a “supermajority” at the time.

The NDP re-formed the official Opposition, with 31 seats, while the Liberals failed to gain official party status for the second consecutive election with just eight seats.

Now the PCs will turn their attention to delivering on their promises to rebuild from the pandemic, while also adding a few new faces to the caucus.

For the NDP, the search has begun to find a successor that can surpass Horwath’s legacy. The Hamilton-born daughter of a carmaker contested four elections and first formed the official Opposition in 2018, in part due to the shock collapse of the Wynne Liberals.

The Liberals, on the other hand, will be looking for a leader who can present a new image for the party that is not affiliated with the mistakes of the past. Del Duca, a former minister in Wynne’s cabinet, was unable to overcome his previous term during the campaign.

That too …

Candidates have until midnight to secure party membership for their supporters to vote in the election of the next Conservative leader, who will replace Erin O’Toole.

The deadline marks an important milestone in the campaign and the beginning of a new phase in the race.

Leadership candidates have spent the past few months encouraging potential voters to sign up.

But not all memberships are created equal, at least when it comes to the final vote.

Each drive is worth a certain amount of points, so candidates have had to be strategic about where they grow their base.

The names of Pierre Poilievre, Patrick Brown, Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis, Scott Aitchison and Roman Baber will be on the top-ranked ballot in the fall.

Conservative activist Melanie Paradis says that once memberships have been processed and verified, camps will turn their attention to getting the vote and trying to persuade their opponents’ supporters to switch allegiances, or at least put their name on the back burner. place on the ballot.

And this too …

Advocacy groups will assess any progress made in the year since the federal government released a plan to end violence against indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people.

The plan was developed in response to one of the 231 recommendations from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls three years ago.

The Indigenous Women’s Association of Canada will release its first report card today to assess the federal government’s progress.

The association was one of the groups that worked with Ottawa to draft the plan, but withdrew saying the exercise was fundamentally flawed and politically motivated.

The National Circle of Families and Survivors was involved in developing the plan and members of that group are also expected to speak today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with survivors and participate in a private ceremony in the national capital region.

What we are seeing in the United States…

CENTERVILLE, Texas _ A convicted murderer on the run since escaping from a prison bus after stabbing its driver May 12 was shot to death Thursday night after he killed a family of five and stole their truck. from a rural weekend cabin, said a spokesman for the Texas prison system. .

Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was “killed by police in Atascosa County. He shot officers who returned fire and killed him,” Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said in an email. .

The murder site is about 220 miles southeast of Centerville, Texas, about 110 miles north of Houston, near where Clark previously said Lopez killed a Houston family of five in their weekend cabin. week and had stolen their truck.

Lopez was thought to be hiding in the vicinity of the cabin when officers received a concerned call after not hearing from an elderly relative, Clark said.

Officers went to the family’s weekend cabin along Texas Route 7 west of Centerville around 6 p.m. Thursday and found the bodies of one adult and four minors, three of them boys. Their identities were not released, but their white truck was missing, Clark said. Lopez was believed to have driven the truck from the search area, he said. Lopez was a former member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang and had ties to South Texas, he said.

Lopez met his end in South Texas, about 30 miles south of San Antonio.

The family, who were from the Houston area, are believed to have arrived Thursday morning at the cabin on their property, Clark said. The five are believed to have been killed Thursday afternoon and had no connection to Lopez, she said.

López, 46, had been the subject of an intense search since his escape from the prison bus. He was being transported in a caged area of ​​the bus from a prison in Gatesville, more than 100 miles west of where he escaped, to another in Huntsville for a medical appointment when he escaped in Leon County, a rural area between Dallas and Houston. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has said.

What we are seeing in the rest of the world…

SEOUL, South Korea _ U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea said Friday the United States is “preparing for all contingencies” in close coordination with its allies in South Korea and Japan as it oversees North Korea for a possible nuclear test explosion that outside officials say could be imminent.

South Korean and US intelligence officials have said they have detected efforts by North Korea to prepare its testing range in the northeast for another nuclear test, which would be the seventh since 2006 and the first since September 2017, when it claimed to have detonated a thermonuclear bomb to fit their intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Sung Kim, the US special representative for North Korea, was in Seoul for a trilateral meeting with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.

“The United States assesses that the DPRK is preparing at its Punggye-ri test site for what would be its seventh nuclear test. This assessment is consistent with the DPRK’s recent public statements,” Kim said, using the initials of the formal name. from North Korea. , the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

In addition to coordinating with Seoul and Tokyo on contingency planning, Washington is also prepared to make “both short-term and long-term adjustments to our military posture as appropriate and respond to any provocation from the DPRK and as necessary to strengthen both the defense as deterrence to protect our allies in the region,” Kim said.

Funakoshi Takehiro, Japan’s director-general for Asia-Pacific affairs, said North Korea’s series of ballistic tests this year and possible nuclear test preparations underscore the need for a stronger international response, and lamented the Council’s inaction. UN security on recent North Korean tests.

Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled since 2019 over disagreements over sharing the release of crippling US-led sanctions against North Korea and the North’s disarmament steps.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expanded his ballistic missile program amid the diplomatic pause and a nuclear test would add to his risky policy aimed at cementing the North’s status as a nuclear power and negotiating economic and security concessions from a position of strength. .

On a day like today in 1799…

St. John’s Island was proclaimed Prince Edward Island.

In entertainment…

Jurors will continue to deliberate for a fourth day in the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard, the lead singer of the band Hedley.

On Thursday, the jury told the court it could not reach a unanimous agreement on “some” charges, but was instructed to continue deliberating and went on to ask questions and review witness testimony.

Hoggard, 37, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault with bodily harm and one count of sexual interference, a count that refers to sexually touching a person under the age of 16.

The Crown alleges that Hoggard violently and repeatedly raped a teenage fan and a young Ottawa woman in separate incidents in the fall of 2016.

In addition, he alleges that he groped the teenager after a Hedley show in April 2016, when she was 15 years old.

The defense argues that the groping did not occur and that both sexual encounters were consensual.

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HALIFAX _ Ukrainian mother Yevheniia Alosha says arriving in Canada from Poland with her 3-year-old son is overwhelming and brings her family closer to finding some peace.

“It’s amazing, I have no words for this. It’s really good,” he told reporters Thursday night at the arrivals gate of Halifax International Airport. The two were among 319 Ukrainians on board a plane fleeing the Russian invasion.

Their future four-year-old son, Daniel, was elated. With a small Canadian flag in hand, he jumped on his mother’s luggage.

“He is so excited, he thinks that all the toys are here and the kindergarten is here. He always asks me: ‘I want to stay here for a long time, I want my room.’ He is very excited about it,” he said.

The Aloshas, ​​originally from Boryspil, a city east of Kyiv, were on the third federal government charter flight carrying Ukrainian refugees to Canada.

But the journey of the Aloshas is not over. She and her son are among more than 30 people on this flight to Newfoundland and Labrador. Alosha plans to settle in St. John’s.

“I hope to work. My son will go to kindergarten and we will have some peace,” she said.

Federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser was among several politicians at the arrivals gate welcoming new arrivals with chocolate, tartan and Canadian flags.

“I hope that our new arrivals feel that they are loved and that they are safe,” Fraser said.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 3, 2022.

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