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Feds' pipeline purchase spurs talk of reviving Energy East project

OTTAWA—If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to go to the wall to save the Trans Mountain pipeline and get oil to Canada's west coast, federal Conservatives say he should be equally willing to do the same to revive a pipeline that would have brought oil to Canada's east coast.

And at least one Liberal backbencher is echoing that sentiment.

Liberal MP facing allegation

OTTAWA—Liberal MP Francis Drouin says an allegation has been made against him following an incident at the party's convention in Halifax this weekend.

Drouin, a 34-year-old MP from eastern Ontario, was described earlier this year as a rising star in the Liberal Party, with a firm grip on the agriculture file and standing as the most-lobbied backbencher on Parliament Hill.

Canada 150 chairs brings in brain gain

OTTAWA—Last June, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan hung out the “we're hiring” sign and dangled grants of up to $1 million to try and lure some of the best and brightest international researchers to come to work in Canada.

Nine months later, 24 scientists have been given the nod, 10 of whom are Canadians coming home from all over the world.

Duncan calls it a “brain gain.”

Monarch butterfly population dives

OTTAWA—Right about now, the kings of the butterfly world are emerging from hibernation in Mexico looking for love and ready to make more butterflies.

But scientists said the number of monarch butterflies that will start their annual, 5,000-km migration north to Canadian gardens and wild flower patches this summer is down sharply thanks to extreme weather last fall.

PMO rescinds invitation to Sikh extremist

NEW DELHI—A man who was convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 should not have been invited to receptions held in Delhi, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

His statement came after a senior official in Trudeau's office said an invitation issued to Jaspal Atwal for a reception was a mistake and was rescinded as soon as it was discovered.

Feds to meet needs of indigenous kids

OTTAWA—The federal government says it immediately will begin fully funding the actual costs for child welfare agencies to allow them to help indigenous families without having to take kids away from their parents.

Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott has written to 105 indigenous child welfare agencies to make the commitment, which she says will be retroactive to Jan. 26, 2016.

May taps lawyer to probe bullying claims

OTTAWA—Green Party leader Elizabeth May says she asked for an independent investigation into allegations she harassed and verbally abused former staff in a bid to prove she's done nothing wrong.

The party yesterday hired Toronto lawyer Sheila Block to undertake the investigation after three former staff told The Toronto Star and The Hill Times that May was a bully.