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.
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.
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
“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)
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
OTTAWA, July 21 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada has come
under fire for its increased reliance on an inflation gauge that
some economists say sows confusion in financial markets and
could eventually lead to monetary policy errors.
The central bank, which angered many forecasters in January
with a surprise rate cut and eased again this month, has a
mandate to control inflation, measured by the country’s consumer
price index (CPI). It also uses a core-CPI measure that strips
out some volatile items.
OTTAWA, July 20 (Reuters) – Canada’s opposition New
Democratic Party (NDP) asked the country’s Parliamentary Budget
Officer on Monday to update federal budget figures in light of a
sharply weaker economic forecast from the Bank of Canada.
Canada’s Conservative government, which is facing an
election in October, has pledged to balance the books this year
for the first time in almost a decade. But the economy’s
struggles since last year’s plunge in prices for oil, a major
Canadian export, have raised doubts about whether this can be
OTTAWA, July 17 (Reuters) – Canada’s provinces reached a
long-sought deal on Friday over an energy plan for the country,
agreeing broadly to curb greenhouse gas emissions while also
promoting the use of pipelines.
The oil-producing province of Alberta originally conceived
the strategy as a way to ensure that it could move its fuel to
market. The plan was changed at the insistence of some of the
provinces to reflect their desire to fight climate change.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – If anyone has an explanation why Canada’s exports disappointed in the second quarter, the country’s central bank governor would like to know.
The Bank of Canada cut interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday for the second time this year as the economy contracted in the first half after the anticipated pick up in non-energy exports failed to arrive.
OTTAWA, July 16 (Reuters) – If anyone has an explanation why
Canada’s exports disappointed in the second quarter, the
country’s central bank governor would like to know.
The Bank of Canada cut interest rates by a quarter point on
Wednesday for the second time this year as the economy
contracted in the first half after the anticipated pick up in
non-energy exports failed to arrive.
OTTAWA, July 15 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada cut its key
interest rate by 1/4 percentage point to 0.5 percent on
Wednesday, saying an unexpected economic contraction in the
first half of the year had added to excess capacity and put
downward pressure on inflation.
“Additional monetary stimulus is required at this time to
help return the economy to full capacity and inflation
sustainably to target,” the central bank said in the interest
rate decision that accompanied its quarterly Monetary Policy