Budget tabled amid SNC-Lavalin furor

The Trudeau Liberals will try to change the channel today from the SNC-Lavalin affair with its pre-election budget.  Universal pharmacare, jobs and skills retraining and affordable housing are expected to be unpacked in the fiscal plan this afternoon.  The Opposition parties have said they will do everything they can to hold the Liberals to account for the scandal. The federal election is in October.

Throne Speech promises to protect healthcare

A throne speech has opened the spring session of the Alberta legislature.  The Notley government highlighted its achievements from the past year and offered a promise to protect public healthcare.  Right after the speech Bill was introduced promising to strengthen access to public care.

More people arrested in the Netherlands

Three people are now in custody in the Netherlands.  They have all been arrested on suspicion of being involved in yesterday’s shooting on a tram that killed three people and injured five others.  Police have not yet ruled out terrorism as the motive but says the investigation continues.

Joint sales reaching new heights

It seems a little high.  StatsCan says enough recreational dried cannabis was sold from October to New Year’s Eve to fill more than 31-million joints.  That does not include medical cannabis. That number is expected to grow as the first 25 brick and mortar pot stores open in April.