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Jul 29, 2015

Backers fear that missing-in-action, Trudeau losing bid to lead Canada

OTTAWA/MONTREAL (Reuters) – Justin Trudeau, the man who was supposed to lead Canada’s Liberals out of the political wilderness, has instead sunk to third place just months from an election, with some in his party complaining he is missing in action.

Born to a sitting prime minister and raised at the foot of power, he presents himself as a kinder, more approachable alternative to Prime Minister Stephen Harper after nine years of rule by the right-leaning Conservatives and three straight Liberal defeats.

Jul 28, 2015

Canada Conservatives likely to lengthen election campaign -sources

OTTAWA, July 28 (Reuters) – Canada’s governing Conservatives
are likely to lengthen this year’s election campaign by
launching it in August, three senior party sources said, a move
that would benefit the cash-rich party.

Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 19. Given that campaigns
must last at least 37 days, the latest date Prime Minister
Stephen Harper could start this year’s would be Sept. 13. Five
of the last six campaigns have run about that length.

Jul 27, 2015

Top officials from anti-ISIS coalition to meet in Canada: sources

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Senior officials from the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State forces will meet in Canada this week to discuss how to improve the effectiveness of the campaign, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said on Monday.

They said those who will take part in the closed-door gathering in Quebec City on Thursday include retired General John Allen, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to build a coalition against the militant group.

Jul 1, 2015

Americans reach World Cup final, earn another chance of glory

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The veteran U.S. women’s soccer side earned another chance at World Cup glory on Tuesday, reaching the final for the second time in a row by beating top-ranked Germany 2-0 with the aid of some poor refereeing.

Seven of the U.S. team that started the Montreal semi-final had played in the deciding game in 2011, where they lost to Japan, and for many this will clearly be a last opportunity to triumph.

Jun 30, 2015

With Canada PM job now in reach, ‘Angry Tom’ reins in temper

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The left-wing leader in striking distance of toppling Canada’s Conservative prime minister was once known as “Angry Tom,” but Thomas Mulcair has been turning on the charm to convince voters he is ready to run the country.

The 60-year-old Mulcair, who inherited Canada’s opposition New Democratic Party after his charismatic predecessor died in 2011, holds a slim lead in a tight, three-way race ahead of the Oct. 19 general election, according to the latest polls.

Jun 27, 2015

U.S. too strong for China, reach another World Cup semi

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United States maintained their record of having reached every semi-final of the women’s World Cup after their 1-0 win over China on Friday set up a last four encounter with Germany.

The Americans came into the quarter-final in Ottawa missing two key players through suspension but proved far too strong for a young, defensively-minded Chinese side, who seemed more and more intimidated as the game went on.

Jun 27, 2015

Soccer-US too strong for China, reach another World Cup semi

OTTAWA, June 26 (Reuters) – The United States maintained their record of having reached every semi-final of the women’s World Cup after their 1-0 win over China on Friday set up a last four encounter with Germany.

The Americans came into the quarter-final in Ottawa missing two key players through suspension but proved far too strong for a young, defensively-minded Chinese side, who seemed more and more intimidated as the game went on.

Jun 25, 2015

Canada must be part of Pacific treaty, will defend farmers – PM

OTTAWA, June 25 (Reuters) – Canada must join a proposed
Pacific trade pact but will also strive to protect its farmers,
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday, referring to
pressure to scrap foreign tariffs that protect the dairy
industry.

A number of the 12 nations taking part in talks on a
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) want Canada to start dismantling
a system of protections for dairy, egg and chicken producers
that is known as supply management.

Jun 24, 2015

Canada’s ruling Conservatives push to win back Quebec ahead of vote

OTTAWA, June 24 (Reuters) – Ahead of a close October
election, Canada’s ruling Conservatives are pushing to revive
their fortunes in Quebec, the province that helped them to power
in 2006 but then turned its back amid concerns the party was too
right-wing.

Quebec, the second most-populous province, has 75 seats in
the 308-seat of House of Commons. The right-of-center
Conservatives only hold five of those seats and even just a
handful more could make the difference between Prime Minister
Stephen Harper retaining or losing power.

Jun 23, 2015

England top Norway 2-1, set up Canada clash

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Defender Lucy Bronze scored a fine winning goal as England came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 in a second round Women’s World Cup game on Monday and set up a quarter-final clash against hosts Canada.

The two technically skilled European sides largely cancelled each other out in the sweltering heat for the first hour and sixth-ranked England had to wait until the 76th minute to take the lead, Bronze thumping home a shot from 22 yards out.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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