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Sep 16, 2015

Canada New Democrats vow to hike corporate taxes, run surpluses

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s left-leaning New Democratic Party said on Wednesday it would raise the corporate tax rate to 17 percent from the current 15 percent in its first term in office if it wins the Oct. 19 federal election.

The party, which has never governed federally, also vowed to run budget surpluses between C$3.02 billion (US$2.29 billion) and C$4.11 billion in each of its first four years in power.

Sep 15, 2015

Voters in Canada’s largest province go cold on the Conservatives

COLLINGWOOD, Ontario, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Voters are
drifting away from Canada’s ruling Conservatives in Ontario, the
province that holds the key to the October 19 general election,
and if the trend continues it will cost Prime Minister Stephen
Harper his 10-year grip on power.

A senior Conservative deeply involved in the campaign says
that as of now, a dozen Ontario legislators or more could easily
lose their seats as support for the party in some parliamentary
constituencies is set to drop by up to 15 percentage points.

Sep 14, 2015

Former aide to Canada PM goes on trial, adding to scandal

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A former aide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper went on trial for influence-peddling on Monday, adding to the scandal that has helped undermine the ruling Conservatives ahead of an October election.

Bruce Carson, who worked as a policy advisor from 2006 to 2008, is charged with improperly lobbying the federal Indian Affairs ministry in 2010 and 2011 over the proposed sale of a water filtration system to an aboriginal group.

Sep 4, 2015

Canada’s top court says Ecuadoreans can sue Chevron in Ontario

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s top court ruled on Friday that a group of Ecuadorean villagers could pursue a multi-billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron┬áCorp in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Chevron is contesting a ruling by Ecuador’s highest court that said the oil giant had to pay $9.5 billion to clean up contamination at a site it once owned. The villagers are now going after Chevron’s assets in Canada, Brazil and Argentina.

Sep 4, 2015

Top Canada court: Ecuador villagers can sue Chevron in Ontario

OTTAWA, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Canada’s top court ruled on
Friday that a group of Ecuadorean villagers could pursue a
multi-billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron Corp in
the Canadian province of Ontario.

Chevron is contesting a ruling by Ecuador’s highest court,
which said the firm had to pay $9.5 billion to clean up
contamination at a site it once owned. The villagers are now
going after Chevron assets for countries in Canada, Brazil and
Argentina.

Aug 27, 2015

Canada’s Liberals take gamble, propose deficits to boost growth

OTTAWA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Canada’s opposition Liberals,
trying to kick-start a sluggish election campaign, on Thursday
took a political gamble by proposing to run budget deficits to
help finance a major national infrastructure program.

The Liberals are now the only party to suggest going into
the red to help stimulate the economy. They trail the ruling
Conservatives and front-running New Democrats, who are both
promising to balance the budget.

Aug 26, 2015

Trailing in polls, Canada opposition Liberals attack main rivals

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s once-popular opposition Liberals, who are trailing in third place ahead of an Oct 19 election, shifted their fire to the first-place New Democratic Party on Wednesday as the two centre-left rivals battle to defeat the ruling Conservatives.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said the NDP, which has a narrow lead in recent opinion polls, was misleading voters with promises to increase spending while balancing the budget.

Aug 24, 2015

Canada PM tries to use market turmoil as election campaign tool

OTTAWA, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper seized on global stock market turmoil on Monday to argue
voters should stick with his Conservative government in the Oct.
19 election, warning that the policies of his opponents would be
dangerous for the economy.

Harper’s ruling right-of-center Conservatives – seeking a
rare fourth consecutive mandate – have long prided themselves on
their handling of the economy, though the country is teetering
on recession due in large part to low oil prices.

Aug 21, 2015

Gloomy poll on scandal raises election pressure on Canadian PM

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s election campaign took another hit on Friday when an opinion poll showed most people do not believe he was unaware of an ethics scandal involving several close confidants.

The ruling Conservatives, seeking to extend a decade-long hold on power in the Oct. 19 election, are campaigning as a string of awkward revelations arise from the fraud and bribery trial of Senator Mike Duffy, once a close Harper ally.

Aug 19, 2015

Scandal questions dog Canada PM on the election campaign trail

OTTAWA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper struggled to shake off an ethics scandal dogging his
re-election campaign on Wednesday as the criminal trial of a
former ally threatened to erode voter support and cover-up
allegations spread to his chief of staff.

The crisis is one of the most serious to hit Harper’s
right-of-center Conservatives, who are seeking to extend a
near-decade in power in the Oct. 19 election. Amid an uproar
over revelations in the trial, involving dubious expenses filed
by a Conservative senator, polls show the party is likely to
lose its majority in the House of Commons, and might even be
defeated.

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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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      1987
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      Awards:
      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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