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Police statement focus of lawsuit filed by wrongfully convicted Nova Scotia man

HALIFAX - A sexually explicit document from 1969 became the focus of a lawsuit Thursday launched by a Nova Scotia man wrongfully convicted of statutory rape.

Supreme Court will consider constitutionality of mandatory minimum gun sentences

The Supreme Court of Canada will consider whether the Harper government's changes to mandatory minimum sentences for unlawful gun possession are constitutional.

National Bank says Quebec must restore 'climate of trust' to boost growth

Quebec's new Liberal government must immediately restore a "climate of trust" to reverse two years of lagging confidence that has hurt the province's economic growth, National Bank's CEO said Thursday.

Business leaders describe Flaherty's economic leadership as global in scope

TORONTO - Former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty was remembered by the business community on Thursday for his steady hand and determined leadership in Canada and on the world stage through the 2008-09 financial crisis.

Up front cash needed if Harper government intends to buy F-35 in 2018

OTTAWA - The Harper government will need to start laying down cash next year, if it intends to stick with the current delivery schedule for the oft-maligned F-35 fighter jet.

Canadian journalist held in Egypt calls his trial 'a joke'

CAIRO - An Egyptian-Canadian journalist who has spent more than 100 days in a Cairo prison told a court Thursday that his trial was "a joke" as the judge presiding over the case dismissed a key part of the prosecution's evidence.

Abortion issue arises in New Brunswick with Morgentaler Clinic closure

FREDERICTON - The contentious issue of abortion in New Brunswick arose Thursday after the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton said it will close at the end of July, a decision the facility's manager said was the result of the province's refusal to fund the procedure at clinics.

Tories table aboriginal education bill amid criticism from some First Nations

OTTAWA - The federal government has tabled its First Nations education bill despite complaints from some aboriginal organizations that it skimps on funding and fails to give natives direct control of their education systems.

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty dead at age 64

OTTAWA - Jim Flaherty, the former finance minister who took the country from surplus to huge, recession-spawned deficits and back to within an eyelash of a surplus, died suddenly Thursday.

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty dies at 64

OTTAWA - Jim Flaherty, the former finance minister who took the country from surplus to huge, recession-spawned deficits and back to within an eyelash of a surplus, died suddenly Thursday.

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