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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.

Oct 16, 2013

Canadian government promises balanced budget law, sees free trade with EU

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative government on Wednesday promised to introduce legislation that will require balanced budgets except during economic crises, and renewed a pledge to balance its books by 2015.

It also said it would soon wrap up free trade talks with the European Union, and announced that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would travel to Brussels on Thursday “with the goal of concluding the … negotiations.”

Oct 16, 2013

Canada PM heads to Brussels to try to seal delayed EU trade deal

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will fly to Brussels on Thursday in a bid to seal a free trade treaty with the European Union, his office said on Wednesday, signalling an end to negotiations that have dragged on much longer than planned.

Canada initially said a deal would be struck by December 2011. It then pushed that back to December 2012 as the two sides struggled to overcome disagreements over pharmaceuticals, financial services, patents as well as beef and dairy exports.

Oct 16, 2013

Canada, EU see trade deal soon; dairy farmers irate

OTTAWA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The European Union and Canada on
Wednesday said they would soon complete protracted talks on a
free trade deal, but the powerful Canadian dairy lobby
immediately denounced the terms of the agreement as

Canada initially said a deal would be struck by December
2011. It then pushed that back to December 2012 as the two sides
struggled to overcome disagreements over pharmaceuticals,
financial services, patents as well as beef and dairy exports.

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

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

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.

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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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