TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s political elite and hundreds of well-wishers paid final respects to former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty at a state funeral on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper depicting Flaherty as a man who put his own needs aside in the service of his country.
Flaherty’s death of a heart attack last week shocked Canadians, coming less than a month after the 64-year-old stepped down after eight years running the country’s finances.
TORONTO, April 15 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia
sees Mexico as its most promising growth territory and is not
deterred by a money-laundering scandal there involving
Citigroup’s Banamex unit, Scotiabank’s head of
international banking said on Tuesday.
Mexico’s banking industry has been under scrutiny since
Citigroup said in February it had discovered at least $400
million in fraudulent loans made by Banamex to Mexican oil
services company Oceanografia.
TORONTO (Reuters) – The Ontario government said on Friday it plans to sell its stake in General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) over the next year or so and will consider other options to raise funds, including the sale of real estate and government-owned assets.
The announcement, unveiled by Finance Minister Charles Sousa at a Toronto business luncheon, comes as Ontario’s minority Liberal government prepares to unveil a budget that could throw the Canadian province into a summer election.
TORONTO, April 11 (Reuters) – The Ontario government said on
Friday it plans to sell its stake in General Motors Co
over the next year or so and will consider other options to
raise funds, including the sale of real estate and
The announcement, unveiled by Finance Minister Charles Sousa
at a Toronto business luncheon, comes as Ontario’s minority
Liberal government prepares to unveil a budget that could throw
the Canadian province into a summer election.
OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – Jim Flaherty, who died on Thursday less than a month after stepping down from his post as Canada’s finance minister, was a straight talker who shepherded the country’s economy through a global financial crisis, and quit shortly after laying out a plan to reach his goal of balancing the government’s budget.
Flaherty, 64, died peacefully in Ottawa, his family said in a statement.
He had been suffering from a rare skin disease when he resigned on March 18, but he denied at the time his decision had anything to do with his health.
TORONTO (Reuters) – Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is a good long-term investment that is being unfairly punished by the stock market, the chief executive of the company’s top shareholder said on Wednesday.
“We think over time BlackBerry is going to do well,” Prem Watsa, CEO of Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings, which holds about 10 percent of BlackBerry’s shares, said at Fairfax’s annual general meeting in Toronto.
TORONTO, April 3 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia
led investment banks in advising on mergers and acquisitions in
Canada and finished second in equity issues in a first quarter
that brought a rebound in overall activity in both categories
after a weaker 2013.
Driven by brisker activity in the energy and mining sectors,
the total value of M&A deals in the quarter rose by 20 percent
to US$35.7 billion from the first quarter of 2013, according to
data released by Thomson Reuters on Thursday.
TORONTO, March 27 (Reuters) – Canada’s largest capital
markets regulator is pushing for an amendment to the country’s
Criminal Code that would allow investigators to use wiretaps to
investigate insider trading.
Such a step would give Canadian investigators a tool that
their U.S. counterparts already have, and one that Ontario
Securities Commission (OSC) Chairman Howard Wetston said on
Thursday is needed to successfully prosecute a crime where
proving intent is key.
TORONTO, March 25 (Reuters) – TMX Group Ltd, the
operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture
Exchange, said on Tuesday it plans to launch a new business to
allow capital raising and the trading of securities of privately
The move to launch the business appears to be a pre-emptive
gambit to thwart the threat posed by privately-held Aequitas
Innovations Inc, which is in the process of seeking regulatory
approval in order to launch a new Canadian stock exchange.
TORONTO, March 4 (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia
capped off Canada’s bank earnings period with a higher quarterly
profit and a dividend increase on the back of strong domestic
lending volumes and wealth management income, but its
international retail operations posted softer results.
Still, Scotiabank Chief Executive Officer Brian Porter said
the bank planned to keep looking for international acquisitions,
particularly in its wealth management and insurance business.