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Aug 7, 2015

Canada’s buoyant Greens say they don’t favor oil sands shutdown

OTTAWA, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The leader of Canada’s small Green
Party, which has a long-shot chance of holding the balance of
power after the country’s Oct. 19 election, said on Friday she
does not favor shutting down the Alberta oil sands, a favorite
target of environmentalists.

Elizabeth May, fresh from a praised performance in the
opening election debate on Thursday, said her party instead
wants the energy industry to upgrade bitumen from the sands at
home rather than shipping it raw to be refined abroad.

Aug 7, 2015

Canada’s Trudeau, under pressure, comes out swinging in debate

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, in desperate need of a boost to revive a struggling campaign, came out swinging at Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday in the first debate ahead of Canada’s Oct. 19 election.

Trudeau, derided by Harper and official opposition leader Thomas Mulcair as not being ready to take power, said Harper had failed to manage an economy suffering from low oil prices.

Aug 6, 2015

Canada Liberal leader Trudeau looks to prove himself in debate

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, who won headlines in 2012 by whipping a Conservative senator in a charity boxing match, will try to prove he’s a heavyweight in the political arena in Canada’s first electoral debate on Thursday.

The 43-year-old Trudeau, who has fallen to third from first in the polls, will face three-term Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 56, as well as 60-year-old Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party. The debate will have to vie for attention with Donald Trump and the U.S. Republican primary debate on the same night.

Aug 5, 2015

Canada June trade deficit narrows sharply as exports soar

OTTAWA, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s long-suffering export
sector snapped a five-month losing streak in June, showing the
strongest surge in more than eight years and cutting the
country’s trade deficit significantly, Statistics Canada said on

The trade shortfall for the month was C$476 million ($361
million), much less than the C$2.80 billion deficit forecast by
analysts and far below the C$3.37 billion seen in May.

Aug 2, 2015

Canada PM calls Oct 19 election, focus on sluggish economy

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday called a parliamentary election for Oct 19, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.

Polls indicate that Harper’s right-of-center Conservative Party, which has been in office since 2006, could well lose its majority in the House of Commons.

Aug 2, 2015

Canada PM set to call Oct 19 election, focus on sluggish economy

OTTAWA, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper was set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19 on
Sunday, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus
on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power.

Harper’s office said in a statement he is due to visit
Governor General David Johnston – the representative of Queen
Elizabeth, Canada’s head of state – at 9:55 am (1355 GMT).

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.

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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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