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May 15, 2015

Canada sets 30 percent cut in greenhouse gas output, details sparse

WINNIPEG/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada, under fire for its environmental record, pledged on Friday to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 but gave very few details of what Ottawa acknowledged was an ambitious plan.

Critics dismissed the pledge, noting Canada has no chance of meeting its existing 2020 target for cutting the output of gases widely blamed for global warming.

May 11, 2015

Canada says will defend dairy protection at Pacific trade talks

OTTAWA, May 11 (Reuters) – Canada will continue to defend a
system of tariffs and quotas that protect dairy farmers, a
senior official said on Monday, in comments that could worry
nations negotiating a Pacific trade treaty.

Canada is under pressure at talks to create a Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) because concessions sought by the other 11
nations could cause trouble for the ruling Conservatives in this
October’s general election.

May 8, 2015

Election timing puts Canada gov’t in bind on Pacific trade talks

OTTAWA, May 8 (Reuters) – Canada is facing a tough squeeze
at talks on a major Pacific trade treaty because the concessions
other nations want it to make could cause serious problems for
the governing Conservatives in this October’s general election.

Canada, one of 12 nations aiming to create the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP), is under pressure to start dismantling
protections for its dairy and poultry industry that keep
domestic prices high and make imports expensive.

May 8, 2015

Canada sheds 19,700 jobs but analysts see signs of resilience

OTTAWA, May 8 (Reuters) – Canada shed 19,700 jobs in April
as losses in part-time work offset gains in full-time positions,
but analysts said the data signaled some resilience to the
damaging impact of the oil price slump on the country’s
petroleum-producing economy.

Statistics Canada said on Friday the jobless rate stayed at
6.8 percent in April. Analysts had expected a net job loss of
5,000 positions.

May 5, 2015

Canada to cap wholesale wireless rates charged by big firms

GATINEAU, Quebec, May 5 (Reuters) – Canada will limit the
wholesale wireless rates that major companies charge their
rivals as part of a push to boost competition in the
telecommunications sector, the country’s broadcast regulator
said on Tuesday.

The move means the three firms that dominate the market –
Telus Corp, BCE Inc and Rogers Communications
Inc — will have to charge lower rates than at
present. This is designed to allow smaller firms to expand.

May 5, 2015

Oil slump helps push Canada trade deficit to record high

OTTAWA, May 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s trade deficit jumped to a
record high C$3.02 billion ($2.50 billion) in March from
February as imports surged and weak crude prices helped curb
exports, Statistics Canada data showed on Tuesday.

Traders had forecast a deficit of C$850 million. Statscan
revised February’s deficit sharply higher to C$2.22 billion from
an initial C$984 million, citing a sharp downward revision in
energy exports.

May 1, 2015

Canada set to scale back big plan for navy ships, go over budget

OTTAWA, May 1 (Reuters) – Canadian officials said on Friday
a C$26.2 billion ($21.5 billion) program to build 15 naval ships
could end up below target and over budget, the latest challenge
to Canada’s troubled military procurement process.

In 2010, the Conservative government announced the program
to replace three destroyers and 12 frigates with 15 modern
warships.

Apr 30, 2015

Obama unlikely to unveil Keystone move during Canada election: sources

OTTAWA (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver his verdict on TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline between mid-June and mid-October for fear of being seen as interfering in Canada’s upcoming election, said three Ottawa-based sources familiar with the matter.

Two of the sources said Obama – whose relations with Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper are generally cool – realized there was a risk that a decision before the election could be seen as a bid to influence the Oct. 19 vote.

Apr 23, 2015

Canada will need new regulations to meet climate targets -PM

OTTAWA, April 23 (Reuters) – Canada, heavily criticized over
its environmental record, will need to introduce new regulations
to meet updated international climate change targets, Prime
Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

Harper, who has already ruled out a federal carbon tax and
Canada-wide measures against the booming oil and gas sector, did
not give details.

Apr 21, 2015

Canada budget offers little new cash for extra security needs

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative government pledged little new immediate cash in its budget on Tuesday for security agencies already hard-pressed to cope with an increased focus on thwarting domestic attacks.

The government, seeking re-election this year, delivered a budget that promises a slim surplus despite the oil price crash, while offering goodies to seniors and reducing taxes for small businesses.

    • About David

      "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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1987
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      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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