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Mar 19, 2013

Canada factory sales raise concerns about Jan. growth

OTTAWA, March 19 (Reuters) – Canada’s hard-hit manufacturers
failed to bounce back in January after a dismal year-end
performance, an early sign that the economy may continue to
stumble in early 2013, partially offset by more upbeat wholesale
activity in the month.

Factory sales slipped 0.2 percent in the month due to weak
production in the volatile aerospace industry as well as in the
auto and energy industries, Statistics Canada said on Tuesday.

Mar 18, 2013

Canada budget may have more help for manufacturers – minister

OTTAWA, March 18 (Reuters) – A Canadian government measure
allowing hard-hit manufacturers to write off investments more
quickly has been a success, Industry Minister Christian Paradis
said on Monday, but he could not guarantee the upcoming federal
budget would extend the measure.

Ottawa first introduced the accelerated capital cost
allowance in 2007 to help manufacturers hit by the strong
Canadian dollar.

Mar 18, 2013

Canada budget to show revenues C$2.1 bln lower than forecast

OTTAWA, March 18 (Reuters) – The Canadian government’s
budget on Thursday will grapple with how to compensate for a
C$2.1 billion ($2.06 billion) drop in revenues, a government
official said on Monday.

The official, who declined to be named, said the C$2.1
billion figure is based on a cut to a 2013 government forecast
for nominal gross domestic product to 3.3 percent from an
earlier forecast 4 percent.

Mar 12, 2013

Experts see risks from Canada’s fixation on balanced budget

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The government’s steely determination to balance Canada’s budget by 2015 could break an economy that is already showing signs of strain, as Ottawa seeks to rebuild a reputation for prudence that made it the envy of the industrialized world.

The 2013-14 federal budget, due later this month, is set to reinforce the government’s message that the deficit will be eliminated by 2015, an election year, and it will include what Finance Minister Jim Flaherty called “more sacrifices” from various ministries in the form of spending cuts.

Mar 8, 2013

Canada private sector economists cut growth forecasts: Flaherty

OTTAWA, March 8 (Reuters) – Private sector economists have
cut their growth forecasts for the Canadian economy in 2013 due
to volatile market conditions in the United States and Europe,
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Friday.

Flaherty, speaking to reporters after meeting the
economists, did not give precise figures. Ottawa’s budget,
expected later this month, is based on projections from around a
dozen private sector economists.

Mar 8, 2013

Canada’s hefty Feb job gains may signal growth rebound

OTTAWA, March 8 (Reuters) – Canada’s job market once again
defied expectations to post strong gains in February, lending
some credibility to predictions of an economic comeback this
year after the slowest two quarters of growth since the 2008-09
recession.

Employment rebounded from January’s losses with the addition
of 50,700 net new positions in February. Most of the gains were
in the services industries while manufacturers saw hefty layoffs
for the second straight month.

Mar 6, 2013

Bank of Canada softens stance, rate hike still on horizon

OTTAWA, March 6 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada softened its
stance on the need for interest rate hikes on Wednesday, saying
it will likely hold its benchmark rate steady for “a period of
time” but that its next move would still probably be a hike
rather than a cut.

The central bank held its overnight lending target unchanged
at 1.0 percent, where it has been since September 2010. It had
been signaling for several months that it intends to raise the
rate, but in January said such a move was “less imminent” and on
Wednesday took another step back.

Mar 4, 2013

Ottawa warns banks after Bank of Montreal cuts mortgage rate

OTTAWA, March 4 (Reuters) – Canadian Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty warned the country’s banks on Monday not to engage in
the kind of risky lending that led to the U.S. housing crisis,
after Bank of Montreal cut a popular mortgage rate back to a
near-record low.

Record-high household debt, fueled partly by ultra-low
borrowing costs, remains a nagging concern for Flaherty even as
Canada’s once-hot housing market starts to cool.

Mar 1, 2013

Canada may cut spending more to tackle deficit-Flaherty

OTTAWA, March 1 (Reuters) – Slow Canadian economic growth
means the government will have lower revenues than initially
forecast in drawing up the next budget and some ministries may
need to cut spending further, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said
on Friday.

He said he continues to plan to eliminate the federal
government’s relatively small deficit by 2015 in spite of the
bigger obstacles.

Mar 1, 2013

Canadian economy weak in 4th quarter, shrinks in Dec

OTTAWA, March 1 (Reuters) – Canada’s economy sputtered in
the final quarter of 2012 as businesses sharply cut back
inventories, resulting in the weakest six months since the
2008-09 recession, Statistics Canada data showed on Friday.

The report also showed the economy shrank in December, and
the slowdown will likely add pressure on the Bank of Canada to
keep stimulus in place for longer and weigh on the Conservative
government as it prepares its next budget.

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      "I cover Canadian economic news, central banking and politics. I am based in Ottawa and have been in my current role since 2006. Before that, I wrote about Latin America from Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile."
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