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Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

Liberals scrape back in divided Canada

Canadians awoke yesterday to a new Parliament, fractured along the regional fault lines of the country. The Liberal government of Prime Minister Jean Chretien won a bare majority based on its strength in Ontario and Quebec, but it was almost shut out of Western Canada and took a severe drubbing in Atlantic Canada where resentment over widescale cuts to unemployment insurance and social programmes have resuscitated the labour-affiliated New Democratic Party.

Prairie populist becomes leader of the opposition

Preston Manning becomes the leader of Canada's official opposition today, with his Reform Party taking an extra six seats to push ahead of the weakened Bloc Quebecois.

English-French tension threatens Canada's PM

The rise of the ultra-conservative Reform Party is threatening the majority of the Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, although his Liberal Party will probably hang on to power in today's voting, following a divisive election campaign which has heightened English-French tensions.

Canadian poll gets a blast of nastiness

All over the spacious glass and marble lobby of a tall office building in the heart of Toronto's business district there are signs bearing the same environmentally-friendly message. "It's lights out at the Exchange Tower. Help give migrating birds 'Safe Flight' by eliminating or reducing the use of office lights from dusk to dawn. Thank you for your co-operation."

Span of Green Gables

From tomorrow, new bridges in Canada and Denmark mean the traveller can bid farewell to troubled waters.

Race-hate ads add a nasty new flavour to Canada poll

A series of attack television advertisements from the west Canada based Reform Party, claiming that Quebec-born political leaders such as the Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, cannot be trusted to deal with national unity, has injected a nasty note of ethnic prejudice into Canada's election campaign.

Canadian polls show separatist vote plunging

Support for the Bloc Quebecois, the Quebec separatist party that runs for seats in the national parliament, is falling so fast that the head of the Quebec provincial government, Premier Lucien Bouchard, has been forced to step back into federal politics in an attempt to rescue it.

Canada reels over Quebec revelation

A new book has rewritten the agenda for the election campaign, reports David Usborne

Quebec plan to break away stuns Canada

With federal elections only three weeks away, Canada was reeling yesterday from revelations that Quebec came within an ace of making a dramatic unilateral declaration of independence two years ago that was to have relied on swift recognition from France.

Canada Liberals face two-way challenge

Prime Minister Jean Chretien's decision to call a snap election a year and a half before it is required has run into trouble before the campaign is 48 hours old.

Canadian PM calls a snap election

Ottowa (Reuters) - Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, called a snap general election yesterday for 2 June, 17 months before it was due, in order to benefit from a solid Liberal lead in the polls.

Canada Tories steam into the deep blue water

Shattered party rebuilds with sharp swing to the right, Hugh Winsor writes from Ottawa

Deathly spell of doom messiahs

Today's bizarre tragedy is one in a long line of mass suicide cults involving affluent, educated people who fall under the spell of messianic leaders.

Children key to cult suicides

Quebec police are hoping three teenagers, who apparently opted not to join their parents in a ritual cult suicide at the weekend, will help them unravel some of the continuing mystery surrounding the Order of the Solar Temple doomsday cult. Authorities had believed the cult was no longer active in Quebec until a fiery ritual in a farmhouse at Saint-Casimir near Quebec City left five people dead.

Language police get tough with the English-speaking patient

The old fear falling sick as Quebec's separatists insist French is spoken in the doctor's surgery, reports Catherine Pepinster
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