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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

Canada PM pledges limits on foreign home buyers if needed

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged on Wednesday if reelected to limit foreign purchases of Canadian real estate if it turns out that such purchases are pricing Canadians out of the housing market.

“There are real concerns that foreign, nonresident real estate speculation is the reason some Canadian families find house prices beyond their budgets,” Harper said in Vancouver, where the housing market is especially hot.

Aug 12, 2015

Canada PM pledges action on foreign home buyers if warranted

OTTAWA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper pledged on Wednesday to take action if reelected to deal
with foreign purchases of Canadian real estate if it turns out
that such purchases are pricing Canadians out of the housing
market.

“There are real concerns that foreign, nonresident real
estate speculation is the reason some Canadian families find
house prices beyond their budgets,” Harper said in Vancouver,
where the housing market is especially hot.

Aug 7, 2015

Canada adds 6,600 jobs in July, loses full-time posts

OTTAWA, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Canada added an estimated 6,600
jobs in July from June, in a mixed report from Statistics Canada
on Friday that left analysts concluding that while the economy
was not spectacular, it was at least “steady as she goes.”

The gain in July nearly mirrored a fall in June while
holding on to May’s outsized gain of 58,900. The average
increase is 19,700 jobs in the last three months and 11,200 in
the last half year. The jobless rate held at 6.8 percent.

Aug 7, 2015

Canada’s Trudeau, under pressure, comes out swinging in debate

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, in desperate need of a boost to revive a struggling campaign, came out swinging at Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday in the first debate ahead of Canada’s Oct. 19 election.

Trudeau, derided by Harper and official opposition leader Thomas Mulcair as not being ready to take power, said Harper had failed to manage an economy suffering from low oil prices.

Aug 6, 2015

Canada Liberal leader Trudeau looks to prove himself in debate

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, who won headlines in 2012 by whipping a Conservative senator in a charity boxing match, will try to prove he’s a heavyweight in the political arena in Canada’s first electoral debate on Thursday.

The 43-year-old Trudeau, who has fallen to third from first in the polls, will face three-term Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, 56, as well as 60-year-old Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party. The debate will have to vie for attention with Donald Trump and the U.S. Republican primary debate on the same night.

Jul 30, 2015

Canada’s election campaign seen likely to start Sunday

OTTAWA/MONTREAL (Reuters) – Speculation mounted on Thursday that Canada’s election campaign will formally begin on Sunday, with the governing Conservatives planning a Montreal rally on Sunday evening at which Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to speak.

While the Oct. 19 date of this year’s general election is fixed, the campaign does not start officially until the prime minister gives the word.

Jul 28, 2015

Canada Conservatives likely to lengthen election campaign -sources

OTTAWA, July 28 (Reuters) – Canada’s governing Conservatives
are likely to lengthen this year’s election campaign by
launching it in August, three senior party sources said, a move
that would benefit the cash-rich party.

Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 19. Given that campaigns
must last at least 37 days, the latest date Prime Minister
Stephen Harper could start this year’s would be Sept. 13. Five
of the last six campaigns have run about that length.

Jul 22, 2015

Canada telecoms regulator: Big players must share fiber-optic network

GATINEAU, Quebec, July 22 (Reuters) – Canada’s
telecommunications regulator decided on Wednesday that the
country’s biggest providers will have to share their fiber-optic
network connections, a boost to smaller rivals that are
currently only allowed to use the large companies’ older
infrastructure.

“This measure will ensure that Canadians have more choice
for high-speed Internet services and are able to fully leverage
the benefits of the broadband home or business,” the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
stated.

Jul 22, 2015

Canada Conservatives cling to surplus pledge despite watchdog report

OTTAWA, July 22 (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative government
insisted on Wednesday it would balance the country’s books this
year despite a watchdog’s report that said economic weakness
would turn the narrow budget surplus the Conservatives pledged
into a billion-dollar deficit.

The Conservatives, facing an Oct. 19 general election, have
repeatedly cited their plan to deliver Canada’s first budget
surplus since the financial crisis as evidence of their strong
economic credentials.