Five stories in the news today, March 23, from The Canadian Press:
PM KICKS OFF BUDGET PROMOTIONAL BLITZ
Justin Trudeau is leading a full court press to sell his government's maiden budget. The prime minister will kick off the promotional blitz this morning with a series of media interviews. His cabinet ministers will fan out across the country to highlight various aspects of the big-spending budget.
TRIBUTES MOUNT FOLLOWING ROB FORD'S DEATH
The death of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has sent shock waves throughout the city and beyond, with supporters and detractors alike voicing their grief and sympathy at the loss of one of Canada's most colourful and notorious public figures. Politicians of all stripes praised the passion and fierce determination that made Ford a political powerhouse for years and endeared him to throngs of devoted followers despite the cloud of scandal that hung over him.
WESTJET DENIES CLAIMS IN SEX-ASSAULT CASE
WestJet is rejecting allegations that it failed to take appropriate action after a former flight attendant reported being sexually assaulted by a pilot in 2010 while on an overnight stopover in Hawaii. The airline's statement of defence said it immediately launched an internal investigation into Mandalena Lewis's complaint, but that the company was ultimately unable to conclude the pilot had committed such an assault.
LEADERS TO SPAR IN SASK. DEBATE
Political leaders of the two main parties vying to form the next Saskatchewan government will face off tonight. Saskatchewan Party Leader and Premier Brad Wall will take part in a televised debate with NDP Leader Cam Broten. Wall, who was first elected as premier in 2007, is seeking a third term in office while Broten is heading up his first campaign since becoming party leader in March 2013.
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CROMWELL TO RETIRE
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's to-do list now includes finding a new justice for the Supreme Court. Justice Thomas Cromwell is retiring in September, setting the stage for Trudeau's first appointment to the high court. Cromwell, 63, was named to the Supreme Court in 2008, after serving 11 years on the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Finance Minister Bill Morneau will discuss his budget at a breakfast gathering in Ottawa.
— Assembly of First Nations National chief Perry Bellegarde will respond to the budget at an Ottawa news conference.
— The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic launches the Franklin Exploration exhibit.
The Canadian Press