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Electoral reform unclear as Libs ponder choices

OTTAWA—The way Canadians cast their ballots in the next federal election still is up in the air as the Liberal government weighs the pros and cons of keeping—or abandoning—a major campaign promise.

The results of MyDemocracy.ca—a controversial online survey designed to be yet another way to consult with Canadians on electoral reform—were released Tuesday.

Cabinet retreat focused on U.S. relations

CALGARY—Federal Labour minister Patty Hajdu said it's possible to forge a strong relationship with the new U.S. government while standing up for values that may be at odds with those of the Trump administration.

The abrupt turnaround in Canada-U.S. relations is dominating discussions as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal cabinet hold two-day retreat in Calgary.

Third of cigarettes sold are contraband

TORONTO—A new study suggests nearly a third of cigarettes sold in Ontario are purchased illegally.

The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco commissioned research that tracked the cigarette-buying habits of people in Ontario.

The study found 32 percent of respondents purchased contraband cigarettes—a figure the coalition says is the highest in the country.

Mother found guilty

CALGARY—An Alberta judge says a Calgary woman who treated her son with holistic remedies before he died of a strep infection “gambled away” his life and is guilty of criminal negligence causing death.

But Justice Kristine Eidsvik also issued a judicial stay on a second charge against Tamara Lovett of failing to provide the necessaries of life.