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2006-02-28 18:06:08

By Gilbert Le Gras OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's lumber-producing provinces have yet to agree on a common position to take into negotiations with the United States on the softwood lumber trade dispute between the two countries, Trade Minister David Emerson said on Tuesday. "The provinces are continuing to work collaboratively and whether they have converged on something you could begin to call consensus, I think it's a little early to say that," Emerson told Reuters in an interview....

2006-02-21 16:27:36

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's new Conservative government sees no quick resolution to a protracted trade dispute with the United States over softwood lumber, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday. Washington, which charges duties on imports of Canadian softwood, arguing they are unfairly subsidized, is sitting on around $5 billion collected from Canadian companies. Canada denies it is subsidizing producers and has launched numerous complaints through the World Trade...

2006-02-14 17:55:39

By Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday urged Canada's new government to resume talks in a decades-old dispute over billions of dollars a year of U.S. imports of Canadian softwood lumber. Talks broke down last summer and were left on hold while Canada held elections. A source close to Canadian industry said the U.S. government was pushing to reopen negotiations because Canada was winning the legal battle with trade authorities. In the long row, both...

2006-02-07 11:32:42

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Any hopes new Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper might have had for a media honeymoon ended abruptly on Tuesday, when newspapers condemned two of his cabinet choices as "deplorable" and "political expediency." The cabinet, unveiled on Monday, included a political ally of Harper's who did not even run for Parliament, and a former Liberal minister who switched sides to join the Conservatives. In the run-up to the January 23 national election,...

2006-02-06 18:12:13

By Randall Palmer and Gilbert Le Gras OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's new prime minister, Stephen Harper, unveiled some surprise cabinet choices on Monday and vowed to end the sort of corruption scandals that drove Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin from power. Harper, who formally took power on Monday after 12 years of Liberal rule, poached former Liberal minister David Emerson of Vancouver to be trade minister and went against tradition by installing an unelected businessman as public...

2006-02-06 16:52:34

By Randall Palmer and Gilbert Le Gras OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's new Conservative prime minister named a mostly inexperienced cabinet team on Monday, and vowed to cut taxes and prevent corruption scandals such as the one that helped bring an end to more than 12 years of Liberal rule. In naming his cabinet, Stephen Harper had two big surprises, poaching former Liberal minister David Emerson of Vancouver and going against tradition by installing an unelected man as public works...

2006-02-06 14:10:28

By Randall Palmer and Gilbert Le Gras OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's new Conservative prime minister named a mostly inexperienced government team on Monday and promised to cut taxes and prevent the kind of corruption that brought down the outgoing Liberal administration. Despite the bold promises, Stephen Harper's fragile minority position will limit his ability to push through much in the way of radical change. The Conservatives won the January 23 election by promising to clean up...

2006-02-06 11:46:19

By Randall Palmer and Gilbert Le Gras OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's first Conservative government in more than a decade was sworn in on Monday but the administration's fragile minority position will limit its ability to push through much in the way of radical change. The right-wing Conservatives won the January 23 election by promising to clean up government after 12 years of Liberal rule. They also want to cut taxes, clamp down on crime and boost defense spending. "Our mission is...

2006-02-06 11:11:33

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Jim Flaherty was named Canada's new finance minister by incoming Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday. Flaherty is a former finance minister in the powerful central province of Ontario. Harper's deputy, Peter MacKay, is the new foreign minister, while David Emerson -- who defected from the outgoing Liberals -- is the new trade minister.

2006-01-23 14:55:23

By Randall Palmer VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - After more than a decade of Liberal rule, Canadians appeared prepared to hand a limited mandate to the Conservatives in Monday's election. The election is a rematch of the 2004 neck-and-neck race with the Conservatives that gave Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin a minority government. But this time, Conservative leader Stephen Harper, whose party is rooted in Western Canada, has a substantial lead of six to 12 percentage...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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