PRESS DIGEST-Canada-May 31

Fri May 31, 2013 5:50am EDT
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May 31 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the embattled leader who has now seen five of his employees depart since he was accused of using crack cocaine, has vowed to remain at Toronto City Hall, guaranteeing his name will be on next year's election ballot. Ford spoke with reporters about the two latest employee resignations on Thursday. He spent 90 seconds reading a prepared statement, then about 2 minutes fielding questions, five times swatting away inquiries about the drug scandal with the phrase: "Anything else?" ()

* The Harper government was forced to put further distance between itself and Senator Mike Duffy after an email surfaced suggesting the Prince Edward Island politician, under fire for illegitimate expense claims, had lobbied for a cabinet post and more compensation given his role as a fundraising star for the Tories. "Duffy has never held a cabinet position and has never been considered for cabinet," Andrew MacDougall, director of communications for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said in a bluntly worded statement on Thursday. ()

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