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  • OTTAWA, March 19- Canada's energy minister, Joe Oliver, will be sworn in on Wednesday as the country's new finance minister, a government official familiar with the process said, signaling a stay-the-course approach to fiscal policy.

  • OTTAWA, March 18- Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, the Conservative government's point man on the Keystone XL pipeline, will be appointed the new finance minister, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported on Tuesday. CBC did not cite any sources in its report and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief spokesman Jason MacDonald would not comment.

  • Harper is from the western province of Alberta. Moore, among the youngest ministers, is a rising star who is a formidable performer in the House of Commons in both official languages. One drawback is that he, like Harper, is from the West, but at least he is from British Columbia and not Alberta.

  • OTTAWA, March 18- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce a new finance minister on Wednesday to replace Jim Flaherty, who resigned on Tuesday, a Conservative source told Reuters.

  • OTTAWA, March 18- Canada's Jim Flaherty, the long-serving Conservative finance minister who helped steer the economy through the global financial crisis, resigned from politics on Tuesday, leaving the country on track to balance its books by 2015..

  • OTTAWA, March 18- Canada's straight-talking finance minister, Jim Flaherty, is stepping down after eight years overseeing an economy that fared better than most in the global financial crisis but before he reached his goal of balancing the government's books.

  • OTTAWA, March 18- Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who helped Canada emerge from the recent recession in better shape than most rich countries, resigned from politics on Tuesday after recording the third longest stint in the portfolio in the country's history.

  • TORONTO, March 11- A new free trade agreement with South Korea will throw a wrench into Canada's auto sector recovery, union leaders and an automaker warned on Tuesday, highlighting the pressure on an industry already struggling with competition from Mexico.

  • TORONTO, March 11- A new free trade agreement with South Korea will throw a wrench into Canada's auto sector recovery, union leaders and an automaker warned on Tuesday, highlighting the pressure on an industry already struggling with competition from Mexico.

  • OTTAWA, March 11- Canada and South Korea announced on Tuesday they had wrapped up talks on a long-delayed free trade deal which had stalled for years amid squabbles over exports of autos and beef. Canada's Trade Ministry says exports to South Korea in 2012 were worth C $3.7 billion while imports from South Korea hit C $6.4 billion.

  • Canada says won't recognize a referendum in Crimea Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    OTTAWA, March 6- Canada will not recognize any referendum held in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea as long as Russia maintains its "illegal military occupation" there, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. "Russia's invasion of Ukraine is an act of aggression, a clear violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, and of international law.

  • OTTAWA, March 5- Canada will impose economic sanctions on those who worked for ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday. Harper has been a particularly strong critic of Russia's actions in Ukraine. Last week Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein said they were taking similar steps against 18 Ukrainians.

  • WRAPUP 5-Russia rebuffs West on Crimea amid Paris talks Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    PARIS/ KIEV, March 5- Russia rebuffed Western demands to withdraw forces in Ukraine's Crimea region to their bases on Wednesday amid a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris aimed at easing tensions over Ukraine and averting the risk of war.

  • OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. Harper, who did not give further details, has been particularly critical of Russia over the actions of its armed forces in Ukraine.

  • OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. The G7 became the G8 in 1998 when Russia was formally included.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Washington is weighing an array of economic weapons to penalise Russia for its armed intervention in Ukraine, from asset freezes to expelling Moscow from the G8 group of states, but may find Europe more reluctant to resort quickly to sanctions.

  • U.S. and EU marshal economic tools to punish Russia Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 9:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 3- The United States has a number of economic weapons to punish Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine, ranging from asset freezes to kicking Moscow out of the exclusive G8 group of countries, and President Barack Obama is focusing first on measures that would not require congressional action.

  • Canada Approves China's Biggest Foreign Takeover Friday, 7 Dec 2012 | 11:18 PM ET
    The Cnooc Ltd. headquarters stand in Beijing, China

    Canada has approved China's biggest ever foreign takeover, the $15.1 billion bid from CNOOC for energy company Nexen, but has drawn a line in the sand against future buys by state-owned enterprises.

  • *SNC Lavalin sees India designating site for Candu reactors. NEW DELHI, Nov 6- Canadian firms will be able to export uranium and nuclear reactors to India for the first time in almost four decades under an agreement between the two nations, their prime ministers said, but more work is needed to implement the deal.

  • OTTAWA, Nov 6- A top legislator in Canada's ruling Conservative Party on Tuesday made public his fierce opposition to a bid by China's CNOOC Ltd for Nexen Inc, underlining the political challenges facing Ottawa as it studies the takeover.