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Maxime Bernier, Peoples’ Party of Canada founder, handily holds on to leadership


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OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier has easily held on to the leadership of the party he founded.

Almost 96 per cent of votes cast in a leadership review were in favour of Bernier staying at the helm of the People’s Party of Canada.

Voting started Nov. 12, wrapped up on Friday, and was only open to members with a valid party membership as of Sept. 20. In all, the party says 15,454 votes were cast, representing nearly three-fifths of eligible voters.

Bernier issued a statement saying he takes the vote as a sign of unity within the party he founded three years ago following his high-profile split with the Conservative party.

He adds that he now plans to use his newfound mandate as leader to prepare the party for the next general election, whenever that should happen.

The fall election was the second in which the PPC took part since its founding, and the second in which it failed to win a seat in the House of Commons.

After running on a platform in 2019 advocating for drastically reduced immigration levels and withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the party vocally opposed COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine passports during the 2021 campaign.

The party garnered less than two per cent of the popular vote in 2019, but more than doubled its share of ballots nationally in the Sept. 20 vote, which may have cost the Conservatives some seats by splitting votes on the right.

An analysis by University of Calgary economics professor Trevor Tombe suggested there were 25 seats where the combined Conservative and PPC vote was greater than the winner’s share of the votes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2021.

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CRA says it has $1.4 billion in uncashed cheques sitting in its coffers

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Ottawa –  The Canada Revenue Agency says it will be sending e-notifications about uncashed cheques to 25,000 Canadians this month.

The federal agency says it has approximately $1.4 billion worth of uncashed cheques in its coffers that have accumulated over the years, with some dating back to 1998.

Each year, the CRA issues millions of payments in the form of benefits and refunds, but some cheques remain uncashed for various reasons, including misplacing a cheque or changing addresses.

Another 25,000 Canadians will receive e-notifications in November, followed by 25,000 more in May 2023.

The CRA launched a campaign in February 2020 to get Canadians to cash their cheques and says it has so far returned more than $800 million back to taxpayers.

The CRA says Canadians can check if they have uncashed payments by logging in to or signing up for an online CRA account.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2022.

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Cenovus Energy to buy remaining stake in Toledo refinery from BP for $300 million

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CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. has reached a deal with British energy giant BP to buy the remaining 50 per cent stake in the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery for $300 million.

The Calgary-based oil producer has owned the other 50 per cent of the Ohio-based refinery since its combination with Husky Energy in 2021.

Cenovus says its U.S. operating business will take over operations when the transaction closes, expected before the end of the year.

The company says the Toledo refinery recently completed a major, once in five years turnaround to improve operational reliability.

It says the transaction will give Cenovus an additional 80,000 barrels per day of downstream throughput capacity, including 45,000 barrels per day of heavy oil refining capacity.

The deal brings Cenovus’ total refining capacity to 740,000 barrels per day.

Alex Pourbaix, Cenovus president and CEO, says fully owning the Toledo refinery provides an opportunity to further integrate the company’s heavy oil production and refining capabilities, including with the nearby Lima Refinery.

“This transaction solidifies our refining footprint in the U.S. Midwest and increases our ability to capture margin throughout the value chain,” he said in a statement.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2022.

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