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Morning Brew: May 30, 2008

Posted by Sisi / May 30, 2008

20080530_butterstatue.jpgPhoto: "The Butter Statue," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler BILLBINNS.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, May 30th, 2008:

According to the opposition, the Prime Minister's office and the CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) met early this month to discuss ex-Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier's relationship with Julie Couillard. Not up to date on Berniergate? Add a politician and his hot girlfriend (who happens to have dated a biker or two back in the day), mix generously with incompetence, and you have all the ingredients for a political drama. On Monday, Bernier resigned hours before Couillard told a TV interviewer that he had left secret documents at her place. Now, Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh alleges that Harper met with CSIS over matters of national security. The Conservative government won't deny nor confirm the rumors.

Thousands of native Canadians rallied across the country yesterday for the second annual National Day of Action, which focuses on problems facing the aboriginal community. Children were the focus this year, announced Assembly of First Nations chief Phil Fontaine. On the table were issues like child poverty, access to safe drinking water, health care, education and housing. Although Fontaine urged people to obey the law, some Mohawks set up a temporary blockade in Kanesatake - in the same place as a barrier used during the 1990 Oka Crisis.

News Bytes:

Curious about the woman of the hour? Maxime Bernier "never loved me," says Julie Couillard. Woe is you, madam - woe is you. You're so heartbroken, you offered the Toronto Star an exclusive interview in return for $50,000. (An offer that they refused, by the way.)

In a freaky-deaky experiment, monkeys use mind control to get grub. How long before we have an army of Mojo Jojo's?

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser is not happy with Ottawa. According to him, the Harper government "lacks leadership" and is not doing enough to push bilingualism.

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