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  • OTTAWA, May 6- Canada's ruling Conservatives look set to avoid taking much damage from the political destruction of a powerful sister party in Alberta and could in fact take advantage of the meltdown in a federal election this October. The left-leaning New Democrats on Tuesday ended a 44- year run in office by the Conservatives in Alberta, the western province...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 6- A seismic political shift in Canada's oil-producing heartland of Alberta has left voters, investors and oil executives braced for change as a rookie left-wing government promises major reforms after 44 years of Conservative rule. "The vast majority of energy executives and professionals we spoke with downplayed the polls, projecting...

  • GATINEAU, Quebec, May 4- Canadian Liberal leader Justin Trudeau pledged on Monday to cut taxes for most middle-class families and raise taxes on the rich as he sought to regain his polling lead over the governing Conservatives ahead of October's election. Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, helped lift the Liberals into first place in the polls...

  • GATINEAU, Quebec, May 4- Canadian opposition Liberal leader Justin Trudeau pledged on Monday to cut taxes for most middle-class families and raise taxes on the rich, as he sought to regain his polling lead over the ruling Conservatives ahead of an October election. Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, helped lift the Liberals into first place...

  • President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver his verdict on TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline between mid-June and mid-October for fear of being seen as interfering in Canada's upcoming election, said three Ottawa- based sources familiar with the matter. In 1963, when relations between President John F. Kennedy and Conservative Prime Minister John...

  • 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.