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  • OTTAWA, July 24- Canada's Conservative government may have tied its own hands by launching anti-deficit legislation just as the global oil price shock was pushing the country to the edge of recession. What had seemed like a prudent measure now means Prime Minister Stephen Harper has less room to maneuver just months from an election, even if he wanted to.

  • REGINA, Saskatchewan, July 24- Canada is well on track to realize a balanced budget this year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated on Friday, saying that an economic slowdown caused by cheap oil prices was not the time to send the country into massive deficits. The government earlier this year projected a C $1.4 billion surplus, plus a C $1 billion contingency...

  • OTTAWA, July 22- Canada's Conservative government insisted on Wednesday it would balance the country's books this year despite a watchdog's report that said economic weakness would turn the narrow budget surplus the Conservatives pledged into a billion-dollar deficit. The Conservatives, facing an Oct. 19 general election, have repeatedly cited their plan...

  • OTTAWA, July 15- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper went on the attack on Wednesday after the country's central bank cut interest rates to combat a shrinking economy, with his spokesman saying Harper's rivals cannot be trusted to govern in such difficult times. The statement said Justin Trudeau, leader of Liberal Party, would not be able to manage Canada's...

  • OTTAWA, July 15- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said after the central bank cut rates on Wednesday that the global economy is fragile and his rivals could not be trusted to govern in such a difficult environment. "The global economy remains fragile and is being dragged down by forces beyond our borders such as global oil prices, the European debt...

  • OTTAWA, July 14- Canada and Ukraine have concluded negotiations on a free-trade pact, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a deal that affects only a tiny slice of Canada's commerce but should still be politically significant in both countries. He and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk met on Tuesday outside Ottawa at a government...

  • Some of the 12 nations taking part in negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership want Canada to start dismantling a system known as supply management, which protects dairy, egg and chicken producers. Harper said on Thursday that Canada must join TPP but it would also work to protect supply management, a system that New Zealand's trade minister says belongs in...

  • OTTAWA, June 25- Canada must join a proposed Pacific trade pact but will also strive to protect its farmers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday, referring to pressure to scrap foreign tariffs that protect the dairy industry. A number of the 12 nations taking part in talks on a Trans-Pacific Partnership want Canada to start dismantling a system of...

  • OTTAWA, June 25- Canada must be part of a proposed Pacific trade pact but will also strive to protect its farmers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday, referring to concerns that the treaty could harm the dairy industry. A number of the 12 nations taking part in the talks want Canada to start dismantling protections for dairy, egg and chicken producers.

  • OTTAWA, June 22- If Canada's Liberal Party wins the October general election it will create a special cabinet committee to oversee damaged relations with the United States, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said on Monday. Trudeau, whose Liberals are in third place in most opinion polls, blamed Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper for souring ties with...

  • OTTAWA, June 22- If Canada's Liberal Party wins the October general election it will create a special cabinet committee to oversee and manage damaged relations with the United States, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said on Monday. Trudeau, whose Liberals are in third place in most opinion polls, blamed Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper for souring...

  • OTTAWA, June 18- Canada's left-of-center New Democratic Party, which is leading opinion polls ahead of October's election, would not enact surprise corporate tax hikes if it takes power and has "great confidence" in Bank of Canada policies, its finance critic said. Mulcair has said the party would bring corporate taxes closer to the average of the Group of Seven...

  • OTTAWA, June 18- Canada's left-of-center New Democratic Party, which is leading opinion polls ahead of October's election, would not enact surprise corporate tax hikes if it takes power and has "great confidence" in Bank of Canada policies, its finance critic said. Mulcair has said the party would bring corporate taxes closer to the average of the Group of Seven...

  • *G7 expresses concerns about upsurge in Ukraine violence. President Barack Obama accused President Vladimir Putin of wrecking Russia's economy in a doomed drive to recreate the glories of the Soviet empire and G7 leaders said they could step up sanctions against Moscow if violence in Ukraine escalated. At the conclusion of a Group of Seven summit in the...

  • KRUEN, Germany, June 8- German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Group of Seven leaders to commit to tough goals to cut greenhouse gases on the final day of their summit in Bavaria on Monday, at which they also discussed the threat from Islamic militants. Merkel, once dubbed the "climate chancellor", hopes to revitalise her green credentials by getting the G7...

  • KRUEN, Germany, June 8- German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Group of Seven leaders to commit to tough goals to cut greenhouse gases at the final day of their summit in the Bavarian Alps on Monday. Merkel, once dubbed the "climate chancellor", hopes to revitalise her green credentials by getting the G7 industrial nations to agree specific emissions goals ahead of a...

  • STELLARTON, Nova Scotia, May 29- Canadian Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced his resignation on Friday, the second shock departure from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet this year, just months ahead of a tough election for the governing Conservatives. "It's a perception issue now for Harper," said University of Calgary political science professor...

  • OTTAWA, May 29- Canadian Justice Minister Peter MacKay is set to announce his resignation on Friday, the second shock departure from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet this year, just months ahead of a tough election for the governing Conservatives. Citing Conservative Party sources, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp and other media said MacKay will not...

  • OTTAWA, May 29- Canadian Justice Minister Peter MacKay is set to announce his resignation on Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said, the second shock departure from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet this year, just months ahead of a federal election. Citing a Conservative Party source, the CBC said MacKay would not seek re-election.

  • OTTAWA, May 29- Canadian Justice Minister Peter MacKay is set to announce his resignation on Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said, the second shock departure from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet this year just months ahead of a federal election. He is scheduled for a joint media event with Harper in Halifax later on Friday. Foreign Affairs...