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Oct 16, 2013

Canadian government signals consumer approach, few new ideas on growth

OTTAWA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative government
on Wednesday highlighted a populist, pro-consumer approach ahead
of a 2015 election, but says it will continue to push for more
jobs and economic growth.

Addressing members of his Conservative caucus ahead of a
policy speech that will outline government priorities for the
second half of its 4-1/2-year mandate, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper said the government planned moves on “choice, fair
treatment, competitive prices.”

Oct 15, 2013

Canada not doing enough to tackle problems of aboriginal people: U.N.

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is not doing enough to tackle the social and economic ills facing its large aboriginal population, which is beset by poverty, poor housing and high unemployment, a United Nations official said on Tuesday.

In a rare international rebuke to Canada, James Anaya, the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said Ottawa was taking some measures to address problems that have bedeviled the native population for many decades.

Oct 15, 2013

Canada monitors CN Rail labor dispute ahead of Oct. 21 talks

OTTAWA/TORONTO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Canada’s government is
closely monitoring a dispute between the railroad workers’ union
and Canadian National Railway Co and wants both sides
to continue talking, a spokeswoman for Labour Minister Kellie
Leitch said on Tuesday.

The railway says talks will resume on Oct. 21 with
government-appointed mediators, and union spokesman Roland
Hackl, a member of the bargaining team, said the union hoped to
reach a deal “without a labor disruption.”

Oct 11, 2013

Canada jobless rate under 7 pct for first time in almost 5 years

OTTAWA, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Canada added 11,900 jobs in
September and the unemployment rate dropped to an almost
five-year low of 6.9 percent, largely because fewer youths were
looking for work, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

While September’s report shows that Canada had largely
regained jobs lost during the 2008-09 recession, there is little
sign that resurgent growth is in the offing and thus little
likelihood that the Bank of Canada will be impelled to tighten
interest rates soon.

Oct 10, 2013

Canada seeks Asian investment in energy assets

OTTAWA, Oct 10 (Reuters) – During visits to China and South
Korea next week, a senior Canadian official will promote
investment in Canadian oil and gas firms despite strict limits
Ottawa imposed in 2012 on foreign purchases in the energy
sector.

Canada’s Conservative government last year allowed Chinese
firm CNOOC Ltd to buy energy company Nexen while
making clear that foreign state-owned companies would not be
allowed in the future to buy majority stakes in energy
companies.

Oct 9, 2013

Brazil spying report gives Canada black eye -opposition leader

OTTAWA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Allegations that Canadian security
officials spied on a Brazilian ministry give Canada “a black eye
in the world,” a top opposition leader said on Wednesday,
putting more pressure on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to
explain the affair.

Thomas Mulcair, leader of the official opposition New
Democrats, branded as “unacceptable” the allegations in a
Brazilian media report saying the Communications Security
Establishment Canada (CSEC) had targeted the Brazilian mines and
energy ministry.

Oct 8, 2013

Canadian PM says ‘very concerned’ by Brazil spying allegations

OTTAWA, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper expressed concern on Tuesday about allegations that
Canada’s signals intelligence agency had targeted Brazil and
said officials were reaching out to their Brazilian
counterparts.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday demanded Canada
explain a media report that said the Communications Security
Establishment Canada (known as CSE or CSEC) – the equivalent of
the top-secret U.S. National Security Agency – had spied on
Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry.

Oct 8, 2013

Canada August trade deficit widens, hitting Q3 growth

OTTAWA, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Canada’s trade deficit widened
more than expected in August as imports soared to a record high,
suggesting that exports were still not providing the
much-desired boost to economic growth in the third quarter.

The trade deficit climbed to C$1.31 billion ($1.27 billion)
as imports grew by 2.1 percent to set a new record and exports
rose by 1.8 percent, Statistics Canada said on Tuesday.

Oct 7, 2013

Canada PM to miss Commonwealth summit, cites Sri Lanka rights

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday he would not attend a November summit of the Commonwealth in Sri Lanka because of what he called human rights abuses on the island.

“We remain disturbed by ongoing reports of intimidation and incarceration of political leaders and journalists, harassment of minorities, reported disappearances, and allegations of extra judicial killings,” he said in a statement.

Sep 24, 2013

Fairfax’s BlackBerry deal seeks to forgo Canada takeover review

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The investor that has struck a tentative $4.7 billion deal to take smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd private is aggressively touting his group’s Canadian status to avoid the government reviews of foreign takeovers that have plagued recent attempts to buy Canadian companies.

The $9 a share proposal, from an as-yet unidentified consortium led by Canadian investment guru Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings, was announced on Monday. That was the first working day after BlackBerry shares dived after the company warned of an almost billion-dollar quarterly loss and announced it was laying off more than a third of its workers.

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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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      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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