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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.

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
unacceptable.

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.”

    • 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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