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Feb 21, 2014

Canada annual inflation rate jumps to 1.5 pct in January

OTTAWA, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Canada’s annual inflation rate
unexpectedly jumped to 1.5 percent in January from 1.2 percent
in December, reducing the likelihood of an interest rate cut by
the disinflation-preoccupied Bank of Canada.

Statistics Canada also said on Friday the monthly rise in
prices in January from December was 0.3 percent, again more than
expected, after a decline of 0.2 percent in December. Core
inflation, which excludes volatile items like fruit and
gasoline, also came in higher than expected at 1.4 percent on an
annual basis and 0.2 percent on a monthly basis.

Feb 20, 2014

Quebec heading for provincial election, separatists lead

OTTAWA, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Quebec’s two largest opposition
parties said they would vote against the provincial budget that
was introduced on Thursday, assuring a spring election, the
French branch of CBC television reported.

The separatist Parti Quebecois currently heads a minority
government and has a comfortable lead in the polls, and it might
well call an election on its own in the next two weeks, before
it is brought down in a vote on its budget. In either case, an
election by mid-April is likely.

Feb 20, 2014

Canada wireless sale nets C$5.27 bln; Quebecor makes splash

OTTAWA/TORONTO, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Canadian
telecommunications companies paid a record C$5.27 billion ($4.78
billion) in an auction to secure airwave licenses, the federal
government said on Wednesday, as a new national challenger
emerged from Quebec.

The stronger-than-expected result was a windfall for
taxpayers and a welcome outcome for the ruling Conservative
party, which has made pro-consumer wireless policies a key plank
of a 2015 re-election strategy.

Feb 19, 2014

Canada raises C$5.27 billion in wireless sale; Quebecor goes national

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian telecom companies paid a record C$5.27 billion ($4.78 billion) in an auction to secure licenses for prime airwaves, the federal government said on Wednesday, as a new national challenger looks set to emerge from Quebec.

The biggest national players – Rogers Communications, BCE Inc’s Bell, and Telus Corp – grabbed the lion’s share of the 700 megahertz spectrum, on which they plan to build more powerful wireless network.

Feb 14, 2014

Canada plans 2015 tax breaks but mum on income-split pledge

OTTAWA/NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb 14 (Reuters) -
C anada’s Conservative government will deliver tax relief to
families when it balances the budget in 2015, Finance Minister
Jim Flaherty said on Friday, but he wouldn’t confirm whether it
will stick to a controversial pledge on “income splitting”.

The Conservatives pledged in 2011 that once the budget is
balanced they would let couples with children reduce taxes by
sharing their income for tax purposes, similar to U.S. rules
whereby couples get a lower tax bracket when they file jointly.

Feb 14, 2014

General Dynamics Canada wins Saudi deal worth up to $13 billion

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. weapons maker General Dynamics Corp (GD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has won a contract worth up to $13 billion for its Canadian division to build light-armored vehicles for Saudi Arabia, in what Ottawa said was the largest advanced manufacturing export win in Canadian history.

General Dynamics said on Friday the 14-year contract for military and commercial vehicles and training and support services has a value of $10 billion, but could be worth about $13 billion if all options were exercised.

Feb 14, 2014

Aerospace drop pulls down Canada factory sales in December

OTTAWA, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A decline in the volatile
aerospace sector led Canadian factory sales to a 0.9 percent
fall in value in December from the month before, lending weight
to the view that the economy may have shrunk modestly in the
last month of the year.

The Statistics Canada data on Friday also showed that the
volume of sales fell by an even greater 1.9 percent in December,
the biggest fall in 12 months.

Feb 12, 2014

Canada signals may help Chrysler on Ontario plant investment

OTTAWA/TORONTO, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty, freshly armed with C$500 million ($455 million) to
subsidize Canada’s auto sector, signaled on Wednesday the
federal government might offer substantial cash to keep Chrysler
Group from closing an Ontario minivan plant.

Fiat SpA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said
last month that Chrysler could scrap an upgrade of the Windsor,
Ontario, plant and move production and jobs elsewhere if
government fails to come through with financial incentives.

Feb 11, 2014

Canadian budget boosts subsidies for auto industry

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government sharply increased auto industry subsidies in its annual budget on Tuesday as it seeks to arrest the decline in the country’s share of North American car manufacturing.

The new money comes after the Chrysler Group asked for government assistance for its minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, threatening to move if the government did not come up with major new support.

Feb 7, 2014

Bank of Canada says unworried by retail’s role in disinflation

OTTAWA, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada signaled a
willingness on Friday to ignore the role intense retail
competition plays in keeping Canada’s inflation rate low, saying
that for monetary policy purposes this is “good disinflation”
and likely transitory.

Tiff Macklem said in his final scheduled public speech as
the central bank’s senior deputy governor that the bank believes
chronically weak inflation in Canada reflects both increased
competition by retailers and excess slack in the economy, with
only the latter considered “bad”.