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  • Last year, the average family made C $79,010, of which C $33,272 went to taxes and C $28,887 went to food, clothing and shelter, said the study from public policy think tank the Fraser Institute, which calls itself non-partisan. The Fraser Institute's tax index reflects both the "visible and hidden" taxes that Canadians pay to all levels of government, including...

  • TORONTO, Aug 26- An economic speech by Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver was abruptly canceled on Wednesday after criticism that the Conservative politician's event was to take place at a private men's club in Toronto. Oliver, a high-profile member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet, was scheduled to speak on the future of the Canadian economy at...

  • TORONTO, Aug 25- Canada's Liberals reached back to their glory days on Tuesday to add some gravitas to their election campaign, rolling out a heavyweight economic team in a bid to counter charges that leader Justin Trudeau is too inexperienced to lead the country. Flanked by advisers including former Finance Ministers Paul Martin and Ralph Goodale, who erased...

  • TORONTO, Aug 25- Canada's Liberals, trailing third in the polls for October's election, on Tuesday rolled out a heavyweight economic team including former finance minister Paul Martin in a bid to counter charges that leader Justin Trudeau is too inexperienced to lead the country. The advisers include policymakers who erased the budget deficit during the 12-...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 24- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper seized on global stock market turmoil on Monday to argue voters should stick with his Conservative government in the Oct. 19 election, warning that the policies of his opponents would be dangerous for the economy. Harper said Canada had solid economic fundamentals, low debt and stable banks and should stick...

  • OTTAWA/ VANCOUVER, Aug 12- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged on Wednesday to track and possibly limit foreign purchases of Canadian real estate if reelected, but the move was not expected to cool foreign buying anytime soon. "There are real concerns that foreign, nonresident real estate speculation is the reason some Canadian families find house...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 12- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged on Wednesday if reelected to limit foreign purchases of Canadian real estate if it turns out that such purchases are pricing Canadians out of the housing market. "There are real concerns that foreign, nonresident real estate speculation is the reason some Canadian families find house prices...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 12- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged on Wednesday to take action if reelected to deal with foreign purchases of Canadian real estate if it turns out that such purchases are pricing Canadians out of the housing market. The Greater Vancouver market has seen an influx of money from China and Hong Kong, and the average price of a detached...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 7- The leader of Canada's small Green Party, which has a long-shot chance of holding the balance of power after the country's Oct. 19 election, said on Friday she does not favor shutting down the Alberta oil sands, a favorite target of environmentalists. Polls show the center-right Conservatives could lose their majority in the House of Commons in the...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 4- Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper, running for reelection in October, said on Tuesday he would refrain from applying fresh taxes on the embattled energy sector and promised to bring back a popular home renovation tax credit. About one in three households took advantage of the temporary credit, introduced in 2009 to combat an economic downturn,...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 4- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged on Tuesday that if he is reelected in October he would bring back a home renovation tax credit that proved popular in 2009 in combating an economic downturn. About one in three households had taken advantage of the temporary credit, saving on average more than C $700 each, a Conservative statement said.

  • LAVAL, Quebec, Aug 3- Canada will stick with Pacific Rim trade negotiations despite the country being in the middle of an election campaign, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday. "It is important that Canada remain at the table. Canada is under pressure at the TPP talks to open up its heavily protected dairy sector, a concept that is sensitive...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 2- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday called a parliamentary election for Oct 19, kicking off a marathon 11- week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power. Polls indicate that Harper's right-of-center Conservative Party, which has been in office since 2006, could well lose its majority in the...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 2- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19 on Sunday, kicking off a marathon 11- week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power. Harper's office said in a statement he is due to visit Governor General David Johnston- the representative of Queen Elizabeth,...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 2- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19 on Sunday, kicking off a marathon 11- week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power. Harper's office said in a statement he is due to visit Governor General David Johnston- the representative of Queen Elizabeth,...

  • VANCOUVER, July 31- TransCanada Corp is still committed to building the Keystone XL pipeline despite stubborn opposition in the United States that has thrown the C $8 billion project into regulatory limbo, the chief executive of the Canadian company said on Friday. Girling spoke after the company reported that profits from existing Keystone operations...

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery climbed 8 cents to $48.87 a barrel as of 0008 GMT, after ending the previous session up 81 cents, or 1.7 percent. U.S. crude oil stocks fell by 4.2 million barrels to 459.68 million in the week to July 24, more than twenty times analysts' expectations for a decrease of 184,000, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on...

  • OTTAWA, July 29- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday he was not hopeful that the United States would approve the northern leg of TransCanada Corp's controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Harper also told Bloomberg Television that if President Barack Obama did veto the project, which is currently under review, he was confident a future U.S....

  • OTTAWA, July 29- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday he was not hopeful that the United States would approve the northern leg of TransCanada Corp's controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Harper also told Bloomberg Television that if President Barack Obama did veto the project, he was confident a future U.S. administration would grant...

  • 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.