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Beyak stripped of roles

OTTAWA—Controversial Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak has been removed from all Senate committees following remarks about First Nations that have been widely condemned.

Beyak remains a member of the Conservative caucus but has lost her spots on the Senate's agriculture, defence, and transportation committees.

Tough penalties for drug-impaired driving

TORONTO—Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said yesterday there will be zero tolerance for youths aged 21 and under, novice drivers, and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system.

PM sticks to tax plans despite better economy

OTTAWA—The Liberal government will go ahead with controversial tax reforms despite clear new evidence the economy is rebounding, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

The Finance Department said the federal government ran a smaller deficit than the $23 billion that was forecast in the spring budget, ending the 2016-17 fiscal year with an actual deficit of $17.8 billion.