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Apr 23, 2013

Canadian passenger train attack suspects set for court hearings

TORONTO/MONTREAL, April 23 (Reuters) – Two men charged in
Canada with plotting an attack on a passenger train will appear
in court for bail hearings on Tuesday, while questions swirl
about their background and reported links to al Qaeda elements
in Iran.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal and Raed Jaser, 35, were
arrested and charged by Canadian police on Monday, sparking
worries of a Canadian terror attack just one week after the
Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured more
than 200.

Apr 17, 2013

Bank of Canada cuts growth forecast, warns again of higher rates

OTTAWA, April 17 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada on Wednesday
chopped its economic growth forecast for the country and left
interest rates unchanged but still insisted the next move in
interest rates would likely be a hike.

It cut its prediction for 2013 economic growth to 1.5
percent — matching this week’s International Monetary Fund
forecast — from the 2.0 percent it saw in January, and hopes
for 2.8 percent growth in 2014.

Apr 15, 2013

Canada’s Conservatives already out with anti-Trudeau ads

OTTAWA, April 15 (Reuters) – The governing Conservative
Party gave Justin Trudeau no honeymoon in his new role as leader
of the Liberal Party, with attack ads launched on Monday that
questioned if he has the judgment to run Canada.

Canada’s next federal election is not till October 2015 but
the Conservatives clearly are concerned that Trudeau, 41, may be
able to consolidate the left-of-center votes, which are now
split between the Liberals and the opposition New Democrats.

Apr 15, 2013

Canada’s Liberals go for youth over experience in Trudeau scion

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberals crowned charismatic rising political star Justin Trudeau as their party leader on Sunday, relying more on hope and a youthful image than on experience and substance to contest seven years of Conservative rule.

The 41-year-old son of the swashbuckling former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin won a convincing 80 percent of the votes cast by party supporters over the five remaining candidates.

Apr 14, 2013

Canada’s Liberal Party prepares to crown Trudeau scion

OTTAWA, April 14 (Reuters) – Canada’s charismatic rising
political star, Justin Trudeau, was set to capture the
leadership of the Liberal Party on Sunday and begin contesting
seven years of Conservative rule.

The 41-year-old son of the swashbuckling former Prime
Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin is the overwhelming
favorite in the election, with results due on Sunday evening.

Apr 14, 2013

Canada Liberals set to crown Trudeau scion

OTTAWA, April 14 (Reuters) – Canada’s glamorous rising
political star, Justin Trudeau, was set to capture the
leadership of the Liberal Party on Sunday and begin contesting
seven years of Conservative rule.

The 41-year-old son of the swashbuckling former Prime
Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin is the overwhelming
favorite in the election, with results due on Sunday evening.

Apr 14, 2013

Canada Liberals set to crown Trudeau scion

OTTAWA, April 14 (Reuters) – Canada’s glamorous rising
political star, Justin Trudeau, was set to capture the
leadership of the Liberal Party on Sunday and begin contesting
seven years of Conservative rule.

The 41-year-old son of the swashbuckling former Prime
Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin is the overwhelming
favorite in the election, with results due on Sunday evening.

Apr 10, 2013

Canada’s new Trudeau channels Kennedy and Obama, but can he win?

OTTAWA (Reuters) – An eloquent farewell to flamboyant former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau catapulted his son Justin Trudeau into the public eye 13 years ago, as he riveted Canadians with his emotional “Je t’aime, papa” goodbye.

Now the photogenic former drama teacher and ski instructor has all but won the leadership of the Liberal Party, the political force that ruled Canada for more years than any other before slumping to its worst-ever showing in the 2011 election.

Apr 8, 2013

Mulroney recalls Thatcher in conservative alliance at G7

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Brian Mulroney, a Cold War ally of Margaret Thatcher who died on Monday, recalled an aggressive, articulate and well-prepared colleague who, he said, transformed Britain into a superpower.

In an interview with Reuters, Mulroney noted the heavy weighting of conservatives within the powerful G7 group of major nations – including himself, Thatcher, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany. France’s Francois Mitterrand, a socialist, also took a hard line on Moscow.

Apr 7, 2013

In mid-term doldrums, Canada’s Conservatives hope to reboot

OTTAWA, April 7 (Reuters) – Voter fatigue with Canada’s
ruling Conservatives and signs of stress within the government
are putting Prime Minister Stephen Harper under pressure to
freshen up his team and policies as the telegenic son of Pierre
Trudeau starts snapping at his heels.

Even though the election is 30 months away – in October 2015
- the next few months will be a critical time for Harper, given
mounting evidence in opinion polls that the Conservatives risk
losing power after what would be nearly a decade in office.