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  • OTTAWA, April 22- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, facing a battle to win reelection to a rare fourth term in October, has boosted his chances with a populist budget expected to energize his base. The tax breaks in the budget the Conservative government delivered on Tuesday, plus the cold hard cash it will give to every family with children starting in July,...

  • OTTAWA, April 22- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, facing a battle to win reelection to a rare fourth term in October, has boosted his chances with a populist budget expected to energize his base. The tax breaks in the budget the Conservative government delivered on Tuesday, plus the cold hard cash it will give to every family with children starting in July,...

  • OTTAWA, April 20- The dive in oil prices last year means the budget that Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivers on Tuesday will contain fewer big treats for voters in October's election than the Conservative government had hoped. But oil is a major Canadian export and with oil prices roughly halving between June 2014 and January 2015, government...

  • OTTAWA, April 15- The leader of Canada's opposition Liberals said on Wednesday that he is "unequivocally opposed" to forming a coalition government with the left-leaning New Democratic Party following an election set for October. NDP leader Tom Mulcair has previously urged the centrist Liberals to consider a coalition to defeat Prime Minister Stephen...

  • OTTAWA, April 15- The Canadian government on Wednesday unveiled a C $350 million deal to supply uranium fuel to India, formally ending a lengthy dispute that began after New Delhi used Canadian technology to develop a nuclear bomb. Canadian producer Cameco Corp will supply 7.1 million pounds of uranium concentrate to India over the next five years.

  • Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard stressed the urgency of enacting taxes on carbon, creating cap-and-trade systems or using technology to capture or reduce carbon emissions. Nine of Canada's 13 premiers attended a provincial climate change summit in Quebec City that was in preparation for an international conference in Paris in December.

  • TORONTO, April 13- Ontario will join a cap-and-trade market set up by Quebec and California to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change, provincial Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Monday. Quebec joined California's cap-and-trade carbon market in 2014. Both are part of the Western Climate Initiative, a group of U.S. states and Canadian...

  • WASHINGTON/ OTTAWA, April 2- Canada declined a U.S. invitation last week to jointly announce climate policy cooperation with Mexico, with Ottawa saying it has not yet finalized its own domestic strategy, sources from both countries familiar with the discussions said on Thursday. On March 24, three days before the United States and Mexico announced they would...

  • WASHINGTON/ OTTAWA, April 2- Canada declined a U.S. invitation last week to jointly announce climate policy cooperation with Mexico, with Ottawa saying it has not yet finalized its own domestic strategy, sources from both countries familiar with the discussions said on Thursday. On March 24, three days before the United States and Mexico announced they would...

  • TORONTO, April 2- Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver promised on Thursday to deliver a balanced budget on April 21 despite the economic damage from low oil prices, and pledged to avoid what he called tax-and-spend plans that could damage a fragile recovery. Canada is a major oil producer and exporter, and the price crash is leading to what Bank of Canada...

  • March 12- Canada's federal budget will show a deficit of just over C $2 billion in the current fiscal year and will be balanced in the year starting April 1, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. On Nov. 12, Finance Minister Joe Oliver had projected an underlying surplus for 2014/ 15 of C $100 million. "This year, we're coming in at a little over C $2 billion, and of...

  • OTTAWA, March 12- Canada faces difficult choices in talks on a proposed 12- country Pacific trade pact and is doing its best to protect national interests, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. Canada is under increasing pressure from the United States and others to start dismantling its so-called supply management system of milk quotas and import...

  • March 12- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and Canadian National Railway Co have such huge market power that they cannot be allowed to dictate how Canada's grain shipment backlog is cleared, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. Harper said in an appearance in Saskatchewan that the grain backlog was not nearly as bad as it was a year ago in the wake of the...

  • OTTAWA, March 12- Canada faces difficult choices in talks on a proposed 12- country Pacific trade pact and is doing its best to protect national interests, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

  • March 12- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and Canadian National Railway Co have such huge market power that they cannot be allowed to dictate how well Canada's grain shipment backlog is cleared, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

  • March 12- Canada's federal budget will show a deficit of just over C $2 billion in the current fiscal year and will be balanced in the year starting April 1, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. "Last year we had a deficit of only a little over C $5 billion, which was much less than we anticipated. This year, we're coming in at a little over C $2 billion, and of...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 19- Canada is introducing substantial new tax measures that will allow investors in new liquefied natural gas facilities to recover their costs more quickly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. The measures could help companies move forward with stalled developments in Canada, even as they cut spending around the world in response to...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 19- Canada is introducing substantial new tax measures that will allow investors in liquefied natural gas facilities to recover their costs more quickly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

  • OTTAWA, Feb 17- Canada is imposing sanctions against top Russian oil firm NK Rosneft OAO and the head of conglomerate Rostec, among others, in response to the actions of Russian-backed militants in Ukraine, Ottawa said on Tuesday. In all, Canada- which said it was acting in coordination with the European Union and the United States- imposed sanctions against 37...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 17- Canada will have only three or four years to take advantage of its renminbi clearing hub before China liberalizes its capital account and so reduces the competitive advantage the hub creates, a Chinese banker key to the operation said on Tuesday. During Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to China in November, it was announced that a...