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Ethics watchdog says blind trust for Morneau’s assets ‘not required’

OTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog confirmed Tuesday that she advised Finance Minister Bill Morneau there was no need to put his substantial assets in a blind trust. “I told him that it wasn’t required,” ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said, although she acknowledged it was ultimately up to Morneau to choose how to handle his …

Morneau’s credibility on the line as Liberals hit reset button on tax reforms

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau hit the reset button on his government’s controversial small-business tax reforms Monday but the awkward spectacle of the prime minister sidelining his finance minister, along with mushrooming questions about Bill Morneau’s personal financial arrangements, suggests the political crisis roiling Liberal ranks isn’t over just yet. Indeed, the controversy has morphed into …

Changes to tax reform proposals aimed at clarifying wealthy are the target

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau will belatedly honour his campaign promise to cut the small business tax rate to nine per cent as his government scrambles to undo the damage from weeks of controversy over proposed tax reforms for private corporations. The prime minister is to announce the reduction Monday, along with some changes to the …

Morneau to unveil changes to controversial small business tax proposals

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will unveil changes Monday aimed at mollifying the many critics of his controversial small business tax reform proposals, hoping to tamp down a political wildfire that has scorched Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. The damage control effort will begin with a special briefing early Monday morning for Liberal backbenchers, some …

Canada pushes inclusion of strong, progressive labour standards in NAFTA

OTTAWA — Canada is pushing for the inclusion of enforceable, progressive labour standards in a rewritten North American Free Trade Agreement, aimed at compelling Mexico to pay workers higher wages and do away with so-called “yellow” unions that represent employers rather than employees. Canada’s proposed chapter on labour standards also calls for an end to right-to-work laws …

Canada’s chief negotiator says too soon to tell if new NAFTA by year end

OTTAWA— Canada’s chief negotiator says solid progress is being made in talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, but it’s too soon to tell if a deal can be reached by the year-end deadline set by the United States. “The pace is very fast and the (negotiating) rounds are very closely squeezed together, …

Canada’s chief negotiator says too soon to tell if new NAFTA by year end

OTTAWA—Canada’s chief negotiator says solid progress is being made in talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, but it’s too soon to tell if a deal can be reached by the year-end deadline set by the United States. “The pace is very fast and the (negotiating) rounds are very closely squeezed together, which …

Chief Canadian NAFTA negotiator not expecting progress on auto content rules

OTTAWA — Despite tough talk from the U.S. about the job-killing impact of NAFTA on its automotive sector, Canada’s chief negotiator isn’t expecting to see a detailed American proposal on the matter during the latest round of talks to rewrite the continental trade pact. Rules of origin will be “a subject for discussion, but we’re …

Canadians anxiously await U.S. NAFTA proposal on auto content rules

OTTAWA — The Canadian automotive industry is anxiously waiting to see if the next round of NAFTA negotiations will provide some clarity on American demands that vehicles must have “substantial” U.S. content to qualify for duty-free movement within North America. Rules of origin — one of the most complicated and contentious issues on the table, …

PM balances welcoming message to newcomers with emphasis on immigration rules

KELOWNA, B.C. — Justin Trudeau says there’s nothing inconsistent about touting Canada as a welcoming country that embraces immigrants and refugees while simultaneously trying to head off another wave of irregular arrivals. Indeed, the prime minister insisted Thursday that emphasizing openness to newcomers while insisting that immigration rules be followed “are not two separate things.” …

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