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Liberals Offer ‘Modest’ Help for First-Time Homebuyers

Liberals Offer ‘Modest’ Help for First-Time Homebuyers

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau arrive in the Foyer of the House of Commons to table the federal budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA — On the eve of a federal election this fall, the Liberal government is looking to help more Canadians buy their first homes by picking up a portion of their mortgage costs and increasing the amount they can borrow from their retirement savings for a down payment.

Helping people enter the housing market has been a growing preoccupation for the Liberals ever since they were elected in 2015, with soaring real-estate prices in some of Canada’s largest cities putting home ownership beyond the reach of many.

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Trudeau Strikes More Conciliatory Tone After Second Minister Resigns Over SNC-Lavalin

Trudeau Strikes More Conciliatory Tone After Second Minister Resigns Over SNC-Lavalin

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped his insistence that his government has done nothing wrong in the SNC-Lavalin affair after a second cabinet minister in less than a month resigned Monday.

Treasury Board president Jane Philpott handed in her resignation Monday afternoon, saying she’s lost confidence in the way the government has dealt with criminal charges against the Montreal engineering giant.

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Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet Amid Ongoing Controversy on SNC-Lavalin File

Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet Amid Ongoing Controversy on SNC-Lavalin File

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ended a stormy week for his government by making a few minor changes to his cabinet to fill the void left by the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Longtime MP Lawrence MacAulay was sworn in as veterans-affairs minister — a post briefly held by Wilson-Raybould before she resigned from cabinet last month in the wake of the ongoing SNC-Lavalin controversy.

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Wilson-Raybould Says She Was Pushed, Got Veiled Threats on SNC-Lavalin

Wilson-Raybould Says She Was Pushed, Got Veiled Threats on SNC-Lavalin

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Jody Wilson-Raybould appears at the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she came under relentless pressure — including veiled threats — from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and the finance minister’s office to halt a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

And she says she believes she was shuffled out of the prestigious justice portfolio to veterans affairs in January because she refused to give in to it.

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Liberals’ Bump in Child Benefits Fuels Poverty Rate Drop, Statistics Canada Says

Liberals’ Bump in Child Benefits Fuels Poverty Rate Drop, Statistics Canada Says

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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Signage marks the Statistics Canada offices in Ottawa on July 21, 2010. The national statistics office says there has been a decline in the poverty rates for children in Canada and is drawing a connection to the Liberal government’s signature child benefit. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — Fewer Canadians are living under the official poverty line than at any time in the last decade, Statistics Canada reports.

The agency laid the credit for the drop on a combination of a buoyant economy and the Liberals signature child benefit.

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Liberals Reimburse Commons for Using PM’s Office in Fundraising video

Liberals Reimburse Commons for Using PM’s Office in Fundraising video

By The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to a few questions following a meeting with a group of businessmen in Longueuil, Que. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

OTTAWA — The Liberals will reimburse $500 to the House of Commons for using Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s parliamentary office to record a video pitch for donations to the party.

Liberal national director Azam Ishmael says the party is also offering to reimburse people who made donations linked to that video.

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Governing Tories Spent Little on Manitoba Byelection Won by Liberals

Governing Tories Spent Little on Manitoba Byelection Won by Liberals

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Newly released documents show the Manitoba Liberals outspent their opponents in a summer byelection that gave party leader Dougald Lamont a legislature seat.

The documents filed with Elections Manitoba show the governing Progressive Conservatives spent the least of any major party, despite having raised much more money than anyone else.

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When Three’s Not a Crowd: Jackman-Atkinson

When Three’s Not a Crowd: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont addresses supporters after winning a provincial byelection in Winnipeg on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Armed with a new legislature seat and more clout for his long-suffering party, Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont says he intends to fight against the Progressive Conservative government’s cost-cutting agenda and for public spending to stimulate the economy and reduce the deficit. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Westman residents can be forgiven for forgetting that a provincial byelection just took place. While usually dull affairs, that wasn’t the case this time and the outcome could have an interesting impact on the province’s political future.

When the polls closed in the St. Boniface riding on July 17, the results were surprising.

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