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‘There is more to do’: Trudeau boasts of triumphs, worries about polarization

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau likes to warm up for an uphill election contest by literally climbing uphill. In the 2015 campaign, as he attempted to vault his third-place party into the lead, the Liberal leader took time out to tackle the Grouse Grind, the gruelling 2.9-kilometre trail up the steep face of a mountain overlooking Vancouver. He managed to scale "Mother Nature's StairMaster" in 54 minutes and 55 seconds, well...

Maxime Bernier to face off against Maxime Bernier in Quebec riding

MONTREAL — People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier will be facing a challenging opponent in his Quebec riding of Beauce — Maxime Bernier. The satirical Rhinoceros Party has found a candidate with the same name to run against the PPC founder in his longtime Quebec stronghold on Oct. 21. Rhinoceros Party Leader Sebastien "CoRhino" Corriveau was more than proud of...

Federal Election underway

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has kicked off his bid for re-election after emerging from Rideau Hall to ask Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament. With that starts a 40-day campaign that will see the Liberal leader make the pitch to Canadians that he should be given a second term. He says that the election is a chance for Canadians to...

Political parties urged to commit to policies for data-driven economy

OTTAWA — Chambers of commerce from Canada's biggest cities will release a campaign wish list Wednesday urging political parties to commit to establishing national data-governance standards, making government research more available for businesses and fully harnessing the value of intellectual property. These issues are likely to draw more attention from politicians than in the past. Experts, however, have doubts any party will go far enough to prepare Canada to compete in the new economy and...

Scheer unveils plane in Ottawa, starts campaign with SNC-Lavalin reminder

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has formally launched his election campaign today in Ottawa, reviving attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Scheer went on the offensive in Ottawa after a report in the Globe and Mail that said the RCMP has been examining potential obstruction of justice in the handling of the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group, but has been limited by...

Alberta group urges women to get more confident talking about politics

OTTAWA — A group with roots in the oil and gas industry is encouraging women to talk about politics this fall, even if they hold widely different views. The non-profit organization, called Canada Powered by Women, registered as a third-party advertiser with Elections Canada last month,and has received $32,500 in contributions from several Calgary-based people and businesses so far. That...

Construction of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion still faces hurdles

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Numerous hurdles remain before major work can begin on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline even though the corporation announced last month that construction was set to begin. Trans Mountain hasn't signed agreements with 33 percent of landowners along the route. The Canadian Energy Regulator, formerly the National Energy Board, also hasn't approved the project's detailed route or scheduled...

Amnesty ‘deeply concerned’ about Alberta’s plans to fight oil industry foes

CALGARY — Amnesty International says it's "deeply concerned" about the Alberta government's plans to fight back against oil and gas industry critics. Alex Neve, secretary general of the human rights group's Canadian branch, has written a letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. In it, Neve urges Kenney to abandon his "fight back strategy" as currently envisioned. The strategy includes a public inquiry...

Obsidian Energy launches formal strategic review including possible sale

CALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says it has launched a formal process to explore strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company. Formerly known as Penn West Petroleum Ltd., Obsidian says the process is intended to maximize shareholder value. Obsidian cautioned that there could be no assurance of any particular outcome as a result of the review. Last month, a sale...

Encana Corp. names Michael McAllister as new president

CALGARY — Encana Corp. has named Michael McAllister as its president, part of several changes to its executive leadership. He will continue to report to chief executive Doug Suttles. McAllister joined the company nearly 20 years ago and held positions of increasing responsibility. He previously served as Encana's executive vice-president and chief operating officer. The company also promoted Brendan McCracken to executive vice-president...

Suncor to spend $1.4B to replace coke-fired boilers with cogeneration units

CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it will spend $1.4 billion to replace its coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its oilsands base plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta. The company says the units will provide steam generation for its extraction and upgrading operations and generate 800 megawatts of power. The change will also help reduce costs. Suncor says replacing the...

Alberta opens public submissions for environmentalist foreign funding inquiry

EDMONTON, A.B. - The Alberta government has started a website to allow people to submit information to its inquiry into foreign funding of environmental groups. Inquiry commissioner Steve Allan says he is also planning to travel outside the province, with stops in Toronto, Vancouver, Haida Gwaii, B.C. and Washington, D.C. The inquiry is to also make use of American investigations into...

Alberta government to review energy regulator, replaces board members

CALGARY, A.B. - The Alberta government has announced a review of the province's energy regulator. Energy Minister Sonya Savage says the review will look at overall changes to the Alberta Energy Regulatory's mandate, operations and governance. She says its current board of directors is also being replaced with interim members. The moves were a campaign promise Premier Jason Kenney made before his...

‘Outrageous:’ Alberta man told oil and gas shirt not allowed in Senate

CALGARY, A.B. - An Alberta man wants answers as to why he wasn't allowed to wear a T-shirt in support of Canadian oil and gas during a visit to the Senate on Parliament Hill. Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk from Saskatchewan says he has received a copy of a letter written by William Lacey and addressed to other senators, Alberta Premier...

No longer the ‘rich kids on the block:’ Alberta finance minister sells restraint 

CALGARY, A.B. - Alberta's finance minister says the United Conservative government still aims to balance the budget by 2023 but nothing is written in stone _ especially with a continued uncertainty over pipelines. ``Certainly within the realm of reasonable economic outcomes we commit to balancing the budget in our first term ... recognizing we do face revenue volatility in this...

Court allows six of 12 Trans Mountain appeals

VANCOUVER — The Federal Court of Appeal says six legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline project focusing on Indigenous consultation can proceed. The federal government has twice approved a plan to triple the capacity of an existing pipeline from Alberta's oilpatch to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C. Last year the Federal Court of Appeal tore up the original approval, citing...

Federal Court of Appeal to rule Wednesday on letting pipeline appeals proceed

OTTAWA, O.N. - The Federal Court of Appeal says it will reveal Wednesday whether a new set of legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline project can proceed. The federal government has twice approved a plan to twin an existing pipeline from Alberta's oilpatch to the B.C. coast. Last year the Federal Court of Appeal tore up the original approval citing...

North American stock markets fall on new tariffs and weak manufacturing data

TORONTO, O.N. - North American markets fell to start the trading week Tuesday following the imposition of new tariffs by the U.S. and China and weak manufacturing data. After a strong week to end a volatile August, investors were hoping that positive sentiment would continue after the Labour Day holiday, said Ryan Crowther, portfolio manager at Franklin Bissett Investment Management. ``But...

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