OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s biggest opposition party introduced a bill on Monday that would make it easier for the French-speaking province of Quebec to secede, although the proposal has no chance of becoming law now.
The bill, from the opposition New Democratic Party, would allow Quebec to leave Canada if there were a simple majority vote on a clear question – 50 percent plus one vote, offering clues to NDP policy on the matter if it wins the 2015 election.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Britain cannot be relied on to force Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to give Canadian authorities documents on alleged interest rate rigging, because the British government is RBS’s majority shareholder, Canada’s Competition Bureau argued this month.
An affidavit filed by Canadian lawyer on behalf of the Competition Bureau was the latest salvo in a sometimes nasty battle between the bureau and RBS over whether the bureau can compel the British banking group’s Canadian subsidiary to hand over potentially damning records held at RBS’s head office or elsewhere outside Canada.
OTTAWA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Foreign innovators who want to
set up new companies in Canada will be able to immigrate under a
new start-up visa program that Citizenship and Immigration
Minister Jason Kenney said on Thursday was the first of its kind
in the world.
The new program, to be launched on April 1, is part of a
government push to better align the immigration system with
Canada’s economic goals. Last year, the government revamped the
skilled worker program to try to make it meet employers’ needs
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada held its benchmark interest rate at 1 percent on Wednesday, but it revised its guidance dramatically to say that excess capacity in the economy, soft inflation and stabilizing household debt have combined to push any rate increase further away than previously thought.
Governor Mark Carney has been the most hawkish central banker in the Group of Seven (G7) major industrial economies for several months, but he has steadily been watering down his guidance on the need to start raising rates.
OTTAWA, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada held its
overnight interest rate at 1 percent on Wednesday but
dramatically revised its projections to say any hike would be
further away than previously thought, because of excess
capacity, soft inflation and stabilizing household debt.
“While some modest withdrawal of monetary policy stimulus
will likely be required over time, consistent with achieving the
2 percent inflation target, the more muted inflation outlook and
the beginnings of a more constructive evolution of imbalances in
the household sector suggest that the timing of any such
withdrawal is less imminent than previously anticipated,” said
the central bank, led by Mark Carney.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government might have to review any sale of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd’s handset business to a foreign buyer, Industry Minister Christian Paradis told Reuters on Tuesday.
Asked if he would allow such a sale to a foreign company, Paradis said: “It’s speculation and each decision on each case is based on its own merit, so it would premature for me to speculate on any of these kinds of cases.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada has barked up the wrong maple tree with its new plastic banknotes, using a foreign Norway maple leaf as the emblem on the notes instead of the sugar maple that the country has on its national flag, an eagle-eyed Canadian botanist says.
The untrained eye might not at first spot the difference between the maple leaf on the new $20, $50 and $100 bills and the North American sugar maple.
OTTAWA, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada has barked up
the wrong maple tree with its new plastic banknotes, using a
foreign Norway maple leaf as the emblem on the notes instead of
the sugar maple that the country has on its national flag, an
eagle-eyed Canadian botanist says.
The untrained eye might not at first spot the difference
between the maple leaf on the new $20, $50 and $100 bills and
the North American sugar maple.
OTTAWA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper agreed in a meeting with native leaders on Friday to pay
more attention to their demands, trying to mollify an aboriginal
protest movement that has threatened to blockade roads and
railways across the country.
Faced with a seemingly intractable situation that has
confronted successive governments, H arper agreed to a high-level
dialogue with the natives and to have his office t a ke increased
responsibility for their issues, Aboriginal Affairs Minister
John Duncan said.
OTTAWA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Aboriginal protesters blocked the
main entrance to a building where Canada’s prime minister was
preparing to meet some native leaders on Friday, highlighting a
deep divide within the country’s First Nations on how to push
Ottawa to heed their demands.
The noisy blockade, which lasted about an hour, ended just
before Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his aides met with
about 20 native chiefs, even as other leaders opted to boycott