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Eyes on election, Tories balance budget with asset sales

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s Conservative government, seeking re-election this year, delivered a federal budget Tuesday that promised a slim surplus despite the oil price crash, while offering goodies to seniors and small businesses and boosting security spending. It will mark Canada’s first surplus in eight years, accomplished with the help of the sale of

Tories aim to end CWB single desk in 2012

Canada’s Conservative government will likely introduce legislation this autumn that will end the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing monopoly on wheat and barley in 2012, the returning federal agriculture minister said Wednesday. Western Canada’s grain industry has operated since the Second World War under a monopoly that forces farmers to sell wheat and barley to the

Ritz Seeks Early Resolution To Canola Dispute

Canada is confident it can resolve a dispute with China over China’s refusal to accept canola with blackleg disease without seeking World Trade Organization action, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Oct. 28. Ritz said he met with the Chinese ambassador to Canada Oct. 27. “It’s way too soon to (seek a WTO dispute settlement