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Apr 6, 2014

Quebec separatist party under threat in Monday election

OTTAWA (Reuters) – A month ago, Monday’s election in Quebec seemed like such a good idea to the ruling Parti Quebecois, the largest separatist party in the mostly French-speaking Canadian province.

Premier Pauline Marois and her minority government hoped to take advantage of a comfortable lead in the polls to capture a majority of seats in the provincial legislature. That would enable them to push through a provincial charter on secularism and possibly set the stage for a new referendum on whether the province should leave Canada.

Apr 3, 2014

After Lac-Megantic disaster, CP Rail advocates shipper insurance

OTTAWA, April 3 (Reuters) – Governments should require
companies shipping crude oil by rail to carry enough liability
insurance to make up for shortfalls in coverage carried by
railways, the president of Canada’s second-largest rail operator
said on Thursday.

Currently, there are no requirements in Canada for shippers
of oil and other dangerous cargo to carry liability insurance
against accidents, Keith Creel, president and chief operating
officer of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd , said
after testifying to the House of Commons’ transport committee.

Apr 1, 2014

Canada safety board urges faster phase-out of old rail tankers

OTTAWA, April 1 (Reuters) – The Transportation Safety Board
of Canada renewed its call on Tuesday for the speedy phase-out
of older oil-by-rail cars in light of last summer’s inferno that
killed 47 people in an oil train explosion in the Quebec town of
Lac-Megantic.

“A long and gradual phase-out of older-model cars simply
isn’t good enough,” Transportation Safety Board Chair Wendy
Tadros told a House of Commons committee examining whether
Canada’s safety is adequate as much more oil is sent by rail.

Mar 31, 2014

British Columbia premier uncertain about pipeline, LNG projects

OTTAWA, March 31 (Reuters) – It is impossible to say whether
the Northern Gateway oil pipeline or liquefied natural gas
projects will go ahead in the near future, British Columbia
Premier Christy Clark said on Monday.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” Clark said when asked if
Northern Gateway, an Enbridge Inc project to take oil
from Alberta to British Columbia’s Pacific Coast and on to Asian
markets, would proceed any time in the near future.

Mar 31, 2014

Canada January GDP recovers most of December’s loss

OTTAWA, March 31 (Reuters) – The Canadian economy bounced
back more strongly than expected in January from a
weather-induced decline in December but failed to regain all the
output that was lost in the final month of 2013, Statistics
Canada said on Monday.

Gross domestic product (GDP) showed real, seasonally
adjusted growth of 0.5 percent in January after December’s 0.5
percent decline. That was at the top end of a range of estimates
in a Reuters survey of analysts. The median forecast was for 0.4
percent growth.

Mar 28, 2014

Quebec separatist leader says referendum not wanted, for now

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Quebec citizens do not want a referendum on leaving Canada at the moment, separatist leader Pauline Marois said on Thursday, repeating that as long as that is the case she would not launch one if she is re-elected premier of the province.

“I am a determined woman, you know, but I am also a woman who can listen,” Marois told reporters after a leaders’ debate ahead of the April 7 provincial election.

Mar 26, 2014

Canada sets bill to force minimum rail grain shipments as backlog builds

OTTAWA/WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 26 (Reuters) – The Canadian
government introduced legislation on Wednesday that will allow
it to set minimum levels of grain that railways must ship each
year to avoid the huge crop backlogs that have hurt farmers’
cash flow this winter.

The Conservative government earlier this month ordered the
country’s two dominant railroads, Canadian National Railway Co
and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, to double
their weekly grain volumes to 1 million tonnes combined over a
four-week period to clear the massive crop logjam.

Mar 26, 2014

Canada exacts C$6.7 billion from public retirees for health costs

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Retired federal workers will pay more of their supplemental health costs under an agreement with the Canadian government intended to align the public sector with the private sector, Treasury Board President Tony Clement said on Wednesday.

Retirees’ contributions will rise to 50 percent of the cost of their health plan from 25 percent now. The supplement plan pays for drugs, eye-glasses and other items not covered by the general medical care plan that is free for all Canadians. Low-income pensioners will not be affected.

Mar 25, 2014

Support for Quebec separatists sinks as election nears: poll

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The governing separatist Parti Quebecois would lose next month’s Quebec provincial election if it were held now, a poll released on Tuesday showed, a casualty of renewed concentration during the campaign on the issue of independence from Canada.

The Leger poll, taken after last Thursday’s televised leaders’ debate, extended a trend that began after powerful Quebec businessman Pierre Karl Peladeau said he would run for election for the Parti Quebecois, and stated baldly that he was joining the race because he wanted the Canadian province to become a country.

Mar 24, 2014

Quebec police finish Lac-Megantic rail disaster probe

OTTAWA, March 24 (Reuters) – Quebec police have concluded
their investigation into last July’s oil-by-rail disaster in the
Quebec town of Lac-Megantic in which 47 people were killed, and
have turned the file over to the public prosecutor’s office, a
police spokesman said Monday.

“The investigators of the Surete du Quebec (police) have
sent the investigation report to the director of criminal and
penal prosecutions,” spokesman Claude Denis said.