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Jan 22, 2013

Canada seeks evidence on hostage-taker, summons Algeria envoy

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada wants to see Algeria’s evidence for saying that last week’s attack and hostage-taking at a desert gas plant was coordinated by a Canadian militant, a government official said on Tuesday.

Canadian foreign ministry officials summoned Algeria’s ambassador late on Monday to make the request directly.

Jan 21, 2013

Algeria highlights Canadian concerns about radical groups

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Likely Canadian involvement in the deadly hostage taking at an Algerian gas plant that ended this weekend adds to Canadian government concerns about militant citizens who have trained with radical groups abroad or who seek to use violence to further their causes.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Monday that a Canadian gunman had coordinated the four-day siege, which ended with Algerian forces storming the BP plant on Saturday. At least 80 people were killed, including 37 foreigners.

Jan 18, 2013

Canada finance minister apologizes after reprimand

OTTAWA, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Canadian Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty apologized on Friday for breaking ethics rules when he
lobbied on behalf of a constituent who wanted to set up a radio
station, and said it was an “oversight” that would not happen
again.

Flaherty acted after Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson told
him on Thursday that he had been wrong to send regulators a
letter in his capacity as finance minister, and formally ordered
him to refrain from writing similar letters without her
approval.

Jan 18, 2013

Canada finance minister apologizes after reprimand for lobbying

OTTAWA, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Canadian Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty apologized on Friday after he was formally reprimanded
for lobbying regulators on behalf of a constituent who wanted to
set up a radio station.

Mary Dawson, Canada’s ethics commissioner, bluntly told
Flaherty that he had been wrong to send regulators a letter in
his capacity as finance minister and ordered him to refrain from
writing similar letters without her approval.

Jan 12, 2013

Canadian PM agrees to pay more heed to native demands

OTTAWA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper agreed in a meeting with native leaders on Friday to pay
more attention to their demands, trying to mollify an aboriginal
protest movement that has threatened to blockade roads and
railways across the country.

Faced with a seemingly intractable situation that has
confronted successive governments, H arper agreed to a high-level
dialogue with the natives and to have his office t a ke increased
responsibility for their issues, Aboriginal Affairs Minister
John Duncan said.

Jan 11, 2013

Canada natives block Harper’s office, threaten unrest

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Aboriginal protesters blocked the main entrance to a building where Canada’s prime minister was preparing to meet some native leaders on Friday, highlighting a deep divide within the country’s First Nations on how to push Ottawa to heed their demands.

The noisy blockade, which lasted about an hour, ended just before Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his aides met with about 20 native chiefs, even as other leaders opted to boycott the session.

Jan 11, 2013

Canadian aboriginals protest outside PM office, threaten unrest

OTTAWA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Aboriginal protesters blockaded
the main entrance to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office on
Friday and some native groups threatened economic disruption as
part of a campaign to force Ottawa to address native grievances.

Chiefs say a growing aboriginal protest known as “Idle No
More” is prepared to bring the economy to its knees unless the
federal government tackles the poor living conditions and high
jobless rates facing many of Canada’s 1.2 million natives.

Jan 11, 2013

Angry Canadian aboriginals divided ahead of Harper meeting

OTTAWA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Deep splits emerged in the ranks
of Canada’s aboriginal movement on Friday, casting doubt on a
planned meeting between chiefs and Conservative Prime Minister
Stephen Harper to discuss a series of native grievances.

Native leaders say the growing aboriginal Idle No More
protest movement is prepared to block highways and prevent
resource development unless Ottawa does more to tackle the poor
living conditions and high jobless rates facing many of Canada’s
1.2 million aboriginals.

Jan 11, 2013

Canada trade deficit jumps as weak markets hit exports

OTTAWA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Canada’s trade deficit jumped
unexpectedly in November as imports rose and exports fell, a
sign that challenging market conditions are likely to have cut
into fourth-quarter economic growth.

Statistics Canada said on Friday that November’s deficit was
C$1.96 billion ($2.00 billion), up from C$552 million in
October.

Jan 10, 2013

Canadian natives could block development, chief warns

OTTAWA, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Canadian aboriginals are so angry
that they could resort to blocking resource development and
bring the economy “to its knees” unless the Conservative
government addresses their grievances, an influential native
leader said on Thursday.

Native leaders are due to meet with Prime Minister Stephen
Harper on Friday to discuss the poor living conditions facing
many of Canada’s 1.2 million aboriginals.

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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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