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  • 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...

  • OTTAWA, May 26- A surge in support for Canada's left-leaning New Democrats is forcing strategists and investors to consider a once unthinkable prospect- the party which has never governed federally might now win the October election. The New Democratic Party scored a stunning upset in Alberta's provincial election this month, ending four decades of...

  • OTTAWA, May 25- North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies. The agreement comes even as Canada's right-leaning Conservative government and the Obama administration clash over the lengthy and ongoing U.S....

  • WINNIPEG, May 15- Canada, under fire for its environmental record, pledged on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 but gave few details of what Ottawa acknowledged was an ambitious plan. "We will continue to reduce Canada's emissions while protecting the economy," she told a news conference in Winnipeg.

  • OTTAWA, May 15- Canada is set to pledge on Friday that it will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, CBC News said. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq will also announce new rules to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, the CBC said, citing unnamed sources. Recent data shows Canada has no chance of meeting its...

  • OTTAWA, May 8- Canada and the Philippines will begin exploratory talks towards a bilateral free-trade agreement, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday. Harper announced the launch of the talks at a news conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The two countries will also work to upgrade their 1996 Foreign Investment Promotion...

  • 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...