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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.