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Scheer welcomes Alleslev to caucus

OTTAWA—Despite a summer that saw Andrew Scheer lose a prominent member of the Conservative party, he tried to fire up his caucus yesterday by introducing its newest member.

Scheer told the Conservative caucus he is proud to welcome former Liberal MP Leona Alleslev, who made the stunning announcement Monday that she is leaving the governing Liberals to join their federal rivals.

Feds won't decriminalize any drugs besides cannabis

OTTAWA—The federal government says it will not consider decriminalizing drugs beyond marijuana, despite calls from Canada's major cities to consider the measure.

As the opioid epidemic washes over the country, Montreal and Toronto are echoing Vancouver and urging the federal government to treat drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one.