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Nov 26, 2013

Lax controls mean Canada lets dangerous people in – watchdog

OTTAWA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Lax controls by border agents and
police mean Canada is allowing dangerous people to enter the
country, posing a risk to security and safety, a report from an
official watchdog said on Tuesday.

The report by Canadian Auditor-General Michael Ferguson
could cause concern in the United States, where some officials
have expressed concern in the past that Canada could be the
launch pad for an attack on its southern neighbor.

Nov 22, 2013

Canada inflation tame but retail sales jump surprises

OTTAWA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Tame Canadian inflation figures
on Friday lent support to the central bank’s stance of keeping
interest rates ultra-low, but surprisingly upbeat retail sales
data signaled pockets of economic vitality.

Statistics Canada said annual inflation in October dipped
below the Bank of Canada’s target range, dropping to a
five-month low of 0.7 percent from 1.1 percent in September.
Analysts had expected a rate of 0.9 percent.

Nov 20, 2013

Actions of top aide to Canada PM were corrupt, police suspect

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A former top aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being investigated for acting corruptly when he cut a personal check to help a disgraced senator repay his expenses, according to police documents released on Wednesday.

The documents, which underpin a request for more information, quote a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigator as saying he suspects Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, “did directly or indirectly corruptly” give money to Senator Mike Duffy, then a member of the governing Conservative Party.

Nov 18, 2013

Drug-taking Toronto mayor poses dilemma for Canadian government

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Toronto’s crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford is a headache Canada’s right-leaning government could do without.

Lambasting Ford, a political ally who also admits he drove a car after drinking alcohol and bought illegal drugs, could cost the federal Conservatives valuable support in Toronto’s suburbs.

Nov 8, 2013

Canada adds 13,200 jobs in Oct, jobless rate stays 6.9 pct

OTTAWA, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Canada added 13,200 jobs in
October – all of them full-time – and the unemployment rate
stayed at a nearly five-year low of 6.9 percent, Statistics
Canada said on Friday.

The relatively modest job growth almost matched analysts’
expectations for 13,500 new positions and follows the 11,900
jobs created in September.

Nov 5, 2013

Canada’s poor environment record could hit energy exports -watchdog

OTTAWA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Canada is doing a bad job of
protecting the environment, an official watchdog said on
Tuesday, suggesting a poor image for the country on green issues
could harm Canadian companies seeking to export crude oil and
natural gas.

The damning report by Neil Maxwell, interim commissioner of
the environment and sustainable development, puts more pressure
on the Conservative government, which is already under fire for
what critics say is a poor environmental record.

Oct 30, 2013

Scandal alarms Canada’s ruling Conservatives ahead of convention

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s ruling Conservatives go into what was supposed to be a triumphant convention this weekend trying to limit damage from a scandal over improper expenses that reaches the office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and could undermine the party’s chances of winning re-election in 2015.

Harper has been on the defensive since news broke that his then chief of staff, Nigel Wright, gave a personal check for C$90,000 ($85,700) to Mike Duffy, a member of the upper Senate chamber, to help repay expenses that Duffy improperly claimed.

Oct 29, 2013

Canada scandal deepens as prime minister accused of cover-up

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian legislator at the heart of a spending scandal on Monday accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of being involved in a cover-up deal, deepening a crisis that has engulfed the Conservative government.

Senator Mike Duffy made his allegations just days before a Calgary convention of the ruling Conservatives, who have lost support in the polls since the scandal broke in May and are now trailing the opposition Liberals.

Oct 28, 2013

Canada scandal deepens amid accusation of cover-up by prime minister

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian legislator at the heart of a spending scandal on Monday accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of being involved in a cover-up deal, deepening a crisis that has engulfed the Conservative government.

Senator Mike Duffy made his allegations just days before a Calgary convention of the ruling Conservatives, who have lost support in the polls since the scandal broke in May and are now trailing the opposition Liberals.

Oct 23, 2013

Canadian prime minister under pressure over expenses scandal

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s main opposition leader accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday of creating a “culture of corruption” as Harper faced an expenses scandal that looked to be spiraling into the biggest crisis of his seven years in office.

Harper’s Conservatives have been under pressure since May, when it emerged that his chief of staff had privately given a check for C$90,000 ($86,540) to help a senator repay expenses that the government said were improperly claimed.

    • 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
      Languages:
      English, French, Russian
      Awards:
      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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