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Jun 19, 2014

Canada household debt/income ratio continues to edge lower

OTTAWA, June 19 (Reuters) – The ratio of Canadian household
debt to income edged down further in the first quarter from the
record high it hit last year, buttressing policymakers’
expectations that a soft landing is in store for the housing
market and family indebtedness.

Statistics Canada reported on Thursday a ratio of 163.2
percent in the first quarter. The ratio reached a record high of
164.1 percent in the third quarter of last year, and dipped to
163.9 percent in the fourth quarter.

Jun 18, 2014

Pipeline go-ahead raises risks for Canada’s Conservatives

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Its decision to approve development of the controversial Northern Gateway oil pipeline could cost Canada’s governing Conservatives critical support in British Columbia, where they will need a strong showing in the 2015 election to secure another majority in Parliament.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have lots to lose in the Pacific Coast province, where they have 21 of its 36 seats in the House of Commons. As well as the seats they hold, they are banking on picking up some of six new seats, in Vancouver’s suburbs and elsewhere, that British Columbia will get for next year’s election.

Jun 18, 2014

Canada approves Enbridge pipeline to West Coast

VANCOUVER/OTTAWA, June 17 (Reuters) – The Canadian
government approved the construction of Enbridge Inc’s
Northern Gateway pipeline on Tuesday, setting the stage for a
barrage of lawsuits and demonstrations by environmental and
aboriginal groups opposed to the project.

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford announced the
decision in a statement that was widely expected. He said
approval of the proposed pipeline, which would link Alberta’s
oil sands with a Pacific port, was contingent on Enbridge
meeting more than 200 conditions set out by a regulatory panel.

Jun 16, 2014

Canada economists less worried by low inflation than central bank

OTTAWA, June 16 (Reuters) – Canadian economists are not too
concerned about low inflation, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said
after meeting several of them on Monday, sending a different
message than the one sounded recently by Bank of Canada Governor
Stephen Poloz.

Overall inflation rose to the central bank’s 2 percent
target in April, but Poloz said last week that underlying
inflation is still at a low 1.2 percent, which leaves Canada
“vulnerable to a downside shock at any time”.

Jun 12, 2014

Bank of Canada eyes China risk, still elevated housing concern

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Canada’s financial system is robust despite lingering concern about a stretched housing market, while external risks from China have increased, the Bank of Canada said on Thursday.

The bank said in its semiannual Financial System Review that household debt and overvalued housing remained the most important vulnerability.

Jun 4, 2014

New Canadian law to make buying sex a crime

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Prostitutes in Canada will generally be allowed to sell their services, but for the first time it will be a crime to buy sex from them under a government bill introduced on Wednesday to replace legislation the Supreme Court struck down in December.

The Supreme Court had suspended for a year the effect of its decision, which struck down a ban on brothels and street solicitation on the grounds that it compromised the safety of sex workers, to allow time for a new law to be enacted.

Jun 4, 2014

Bank of Canada holds rates, dovish on inflation

OTTAWA, June 4 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada held its main
interest rate at 1 percent on Wednesday and said the risks of
low inflation loom as large as ever despite a
faster-than-anticipated rise in prices, remarks that some
economists interpreted as being dovish.

The central bank also flagged weaker-than-expected global
growth and the possibility of slightly less underlying momentum
in the United States, and noted that the Canadian economy grew
only modestly in the first quarter.

Jun 4, 2014

Bank of Canada holds rates, frets over low inflation

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada kept its main interest rate on hold at 1 percent on Wednesday, as expected, and said the risks of low inflation loom as large as ever, though prices have been rising faster than it had anticipated.

The central bank also flagged weaker-than-expected global growth and the possibility of slightly less underlying momentum in the United States and noted that the Canadian economy grew only modestly in the first quarter.

May 30, 2014

Canada will not fund abortion abroad, issue too divisive, PM says

OTTAWA, May 30 (Reuters) – Canada will refrain from funding
abortions abroad as it promotes maternal and children’s health
in poor countries because the issue is too divisive and could
undermine a broader push to save lives, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper said on Friday.

The Conservative leader has resolutely resisted any attempt
to restrict abortions in Canada, where the procedure is legal,
but he has acquiesced to demands from within his caucus not to
promote abortion in other countries.

May 29, 2014

Canada signals decision on replacing jet fighters may come soon

OTTAWA, May 29 (Reuters) – Canada signaled on Thursday it is
likely to make a decision in the next few weeks on whether to
replace its aging CF-18 fighter jets with F-35 stealth fighters
from Lockheed Martin Corp or hold an open competition
among aircraft makers.

Public Works Minister Diane Finley said on Thursday the
Conservative government will finish its review of reports on how
to replace its jet fighters in the coming weeks. Her spokesman,
Marcel Poulin, said both a government decision on how to proceed
and the release of the review are likely to come in that period.