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Gap between Liberals, Conservatives narrowing, poll suggests, though Scheer still seen as an unknown

By SAMANTHA WRIGHT ALLEN

The Tories are enjoying a post-leadership-race bump that’s seen the Liberal lead cut almost in half from 16 to nine points. Though the Liberals are still in better shape than earlier this year.

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Ex-Harper adviser Bruce Carson appealing convictions for lobbying offences, citing ‘poorly drafted’ law

Former PMO adviser Bruce Carson arrives at the Elgin Street courthouse in Ottawa for the start of his influence-peddling trial on Sept. 14, 2015. He was originally acquitted of that charge and then convicted on appeal earlier this year. In a separate case, Mr. Carson's lawyer was in court again this week to appeal a guilty verdict and $50,000 fine he was given last year for improperly lobbying. The Hill Times photograph by Mike Carroccetto

By MARCO VIGLIOTTI

A lawyer for one-time PMO adviser Bruce Carson says the existing lobbying legislation is ambiguous and lacks key definitions. The Crown attorney says Carson's lawyer is relying on an excessively narrow reading of the law. A decision date for the appeal has yet to be released.

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    MONDAY, MAY 29 The House Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee will meet in-camera at 1 p.m. in Room 112-N, Centre Block to discuss committee business.

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    Parliamentary Calendar

    Friday , July 7 , 2017

    Germany holds the G20 presidency in 2017 and will host the Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg on July 7 and 8. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is likely to attend.

    Wednesday , July 12 , 2017

    The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement as well as publish its quarterly Monetary Policy Report. 10 a.m.

    Wednesday , September 6 , 2017

    The bank is expected to make its latest interest rate announcement. 10 a.m.

    Sunday , September 17 , 2017

    Leadership candidates will have one last chance to pitch to voters before voting begins tomorrow. Toronto, Ont.

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