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Nov 9, 2014

Canada PM under pressure over detained couple on China visit

BEIJING (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper came under increased pressure on Sunday as the son of a Canadian couple detained in China said he was not sure Canada was doing enough to help his parents.

And the opposition leader said Harper should be speaking publicly about the case while he is in Beijing.

Nov 8, 2014

Canada signs China trade deals, raises case of two detained Canadians

BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Canadian and Chinese companies
have signed trade deals worth more than C$2.5 billion, despite
continued tension over the detention of two Canadians near the
North Korean border.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the more than 20
commercial agreements signed between executives from both
countries are expected to create more than 2,000 jobs in
industries as diverse as aerospace, infrastructure, mining,
energy and agri-food.

Nov 8, 2014

Bombardier CEO sees Mexico 6-mth high-speed rail bid window as “tight”

BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Canadian train and planemaker
Bombardier said a six-month window to prepare a bid
for Mexico’s $3.75 billion high-speed rail contract looked

Mexico on Friday revoked the contract from consortium led by
state-backed China Railway Constructon Corp.

Nov 8, 2014

Chinese, Canadian central banks agree to 200 bln yuan currency swap

BEIJING, Nov 8 (Reuters) – China’s and Canada’s central
banks agreed to a currency swap worth 200 billion yuan ($32.67
billion) or C$30 billion, said a Canadian government statement
issued at a meeting of Asia Pacific nations on Saturday.

The statement did not say for how long the currency swap
would be effective. The agreement was announced after Canadian
Prime Minister Stephen Harper met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Nov 7, 2014

Canada businesses impatient for China growth as Harper promotes trade ties

HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper kicked off his trade mission to China on Friday
facing criticism from businesses that the troubled diplomatic
relationship between the two nations has hampered their efforts
to tap China’s burgeoning market.

Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced
the opening of four new trade offices in the cities of Hangzhou,
Xian, Xiamen and Tianjin to help the entry of Canadian
businesses into the fastest growing regions of China.

Nov 6, 2014

Canada’s Harper heads to China with pressure on all sides

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in China on Thursday, facing the delicate task of improving economic ties with Canada’s second-largest trading partner without sparking voter backlash or a revolt within his own party a year ahead of an election.

Dogged by low approval ratings, a divided cabinet and popular opposition to closer ties with China, Harper needs to come away with notable victories, such as the release of a detained Canadian couple, to be able to count the trip a success.

Oct 31, 2014

Canadian who killed police gets five life sentences

By Andrea Hopkins

(Reuters) – A man who killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers was sentenced on Friday to five life sentences in prison, with no possibility of parole for 75 years, the harshest sentence handed down by a Canadian court since the death penalty was eliminated.

Justin Bourque, 24, pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in the June shootings, when he walked down the streets of the eastern Canadian city of Moncton carrying multiple weapons and then shot police who responded to calls from concerned neighbors.

Oct 29, 2014

Toronto schools set to reject Confucius deal, likely irritating China

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s largest school district is set to end a planned partnership with China’s government-funded Confucius Institute, a move likely to irritate Beijing just days before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to visit.

Trustees at the Toronto District School Board, which oversees public schools with 232,000 students, have signalled the district will sever its ties to the language and cultural programme after parents, teachers and students protested against any involvement of the Chinese government in Canadian schools.

Oct 28, 2014

Toronto replaces disgraced mayor, rejects brother’s bid for top job

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto voters replaced their notorious mayor, Rob Ford, on Monday and rejected an attempt by his brother to take the city’s top job, electing instead a conservative politician and broadcaster who promised to unite a city divided by four years of scandal and vitriol.

John Tory, a former Progressive Conservative party leader in Ontario, won the election in a closer-than-expected race, according to local media including CBC radio, fighting off a strong challenge by the mayor’s brother, Doug Ford.

Oct 27, 2014

Toronto voters to replace disgraced mayor; but his brother is in the race

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto voters were set to replace their notorious mayor, Rob Ford, in Monday’s election after Ford dropped out of the race in September after being diagnosed with cancer, but his elder brother still has a shot at the city’s top job.

Ford, who made global headlines last year when he admitted to using crack cocaine while in office, threw his support to his brother Doug Ford, a city councillor, who took his place on the mayoral ballot.