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Sep 24, 2015

Canada PM faces ‘Anyone But Harper’ strategic voting in election

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is so out of favour with some voters that they say they are prepared to back a political party they don’t usually support just to unseat him in the Oct. 19 general election.

A number of groups have been formed to encourage Canadians to vote strategically by taking a “Anyone But Conservative” or “Anyone But Harper” stance.

Sep 17, 2015

In tied race, Canada PM Harper carries momentum into debate

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Battered but unbowed,
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has momentum and the
economy on his side as he heads into the second leaders’ debate
later on Thursday, hoping a home-turf advantage will help him
break away from centre-left opponents.

The debate offers a pivot point for Harper, 56, as he
recovers his footing following a string of scandals and bad news
in the first half of the campaign for the Oct. 19 federal

Sep 16, 2015

Canada government to press for ban on veil at citizenship ceremonies

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – The Canadian government on Wednesday said it would go to the Supreme Court to press its case for banning Muslim women’s face coverings during citizenship ceremonies, an issue in the election campaign.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday found the ban on veils such as the niqab was unlawful. The case was brought by Zunera Ishaq, an immigrant from Pakistan who refused to take part in a citizenship ceremony because it meant she could not wear a niqab and would have to show her face.

Sep 14, 2015

Balanced budget for Canada’s Harper overshadows corruption trial

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Good news
about the economy propelled Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper on the campaign trail on Monday, with an
earlier-than-expected budget surplus overshadowing the trial of
a former aide for influence peddling.

Trumpeting a C$1.9 billion ($1.4 billion) budget surplus for
the year just passed – the first surplus in seven years for
Harper’s nine-year-old Conservative government – the prime
minister said his opponents in the race to the Oct. 19 election
will turn the good news into bad if they topple him from office.

Sep 3, 2015

Canadian government under fire in case of drowned Syrian toddler

VANCOUVER, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative
government came under fire on Thursday following reports the
family of a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish
beach had wanted to emigrate to Canada, rattling Prime Minister
Stephen Harper’s re-election bid.

A photograph of the tiny body of 3-year old Aylan Kurdi
washed up in the Aegean resort of Bodrum swept social media on
Wednesday and featured on front pages on Thursday, spawning
sympathy and outrage at the perceived inaction of developed
nations in helping refugees.

Aug 13, 2015

Canada PM vows to track, possibly limit foreign home buyers

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper pledged on Wednesday to track and possibly limit
foreign purchases of Canadian real estate if reelected, but the
move was not expected to cool foreign buying anytime soon.

“There are real concerns that foreign, nonresident real
estate speculation is the reason some Canadian families find
house prices beyond their budgets,” Harper said while visiting
suburban Vancouver.

Aug 12, 2015

Forget Trump, Canada candidate slays dragons to nab votes

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – He rides a Canada goose, slays a dragon and fist bumps an alien – and that’s just in the first 30 seconds of Wyatt Scott’s campaign video for the upcoming Canadian federal election.

Scott, an independent who is running to represent a region of rural British Columbia in the Oct. 19 vote, posted the attention-grabbing video on YouTube in mid-June, but it went viral this week after being shared widely in online forums.

Jul 31, 2015

TransCanada stands by Keystone XL; profit beats

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (TRP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is still committed to building the Keystone XL pipeline despite stubborn opposition in the United States that has thrown the C$8 billion ($6.2 billion) project into regulatory limbo, the chief executive of the Canadian company said on Friday.

But even as hopes fade that the Obama administration will approve the controversial cross-border pipeline, CEO Russ Girling said he has not yet decided if he will use the NAFTA trade agreement to try to push it through.

Jul 31, 2015

Enbridge says Line 9 testing to wrap by year end; profit beats

VANCOUVER, July 31 (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc,
Canada’s largest pipeline company, said additional testing on
its Sarnia, Ontario, to Montreal project should wrap up by the
end of the year, allowing the company to finally start up the
delayed Line 9 oil pipeline.

Canada’s energy regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB),
in June imposed new conditions on the 300,000 barrel-per-day
project including hydrostatic tests at three locations, before
it will allow the newly reversed line to enter service.

Jul 30, 2015

Cenovus Energy to cut jobs, dividend amid oil price slump

By Julie Gordon and Darshana Sankararaman

(Reuters) – Cenovus Energy Inc (CVE.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Canada’s No. 2 independent oil producer, on Thursday slashed its quarterly dividend by 40 percent and said it would cut 300 to 400 jobs to further reduce costs because of slumping crude prices.

The Calgary-based company said it now expects to prune its workforce of 4,600 by about 15 percent by the end of this year and cut more jobs in early 2016.

    • About Julie

      "I am based in Vancouver, where I focus on energy, foreign investment and the city's 'west west' housing market. Prior to moving to Vancouver, I primarily covered the Canadian mining industry out of Toronto. Before that I was an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile, where I had the opportunity to visit the Atacama desert and a giant copper mine for stories. Before becoming a journalist, I spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands, where I swam with sea turtles and hiked through sleeping volcanoes."
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