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Laureen Harper interrupted by protester at Internet cat video festival

TORONTO - An activist heckled Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife Laureen about missing and murdered aboriginal women while she spoke at a Toronto film festival devoted to online cat videos. Laureen Harper was introducing the "Just for Cats" Internet video festival Thursday night when activist Hailey King shouted out from the crowd and demanded Ottawa take action on the aboriginal women issue. Harper initially continued her remarks before stopping and telling King that the night was solely about raising money for animals — earning applause from the crowd.

Canadian government announces state funeral for former longtime finance minister Jim Flaherty

TORONTO - Canada's prime minister has announced a state funeral for former longtime finance minister Jim Flaherty. Flaherty died Thursday of a massive heart attack just three weeks after stepping down from the job. He spent eight years in the role, the longest-serving finance minister among the Group of Seven leading industrial economies. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said the funeral will take place Wednesday in Toronto.

Editorials and commentary on the death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty

The sudden death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty brought forth tributes from across Canada and from across the political spectrum. Here are some excerpts from editorials and commentary in Canadian media on the death of the former finance minister: Halifax Chronicle Herald, April 10, 2014 Editorial: Flaherty was a stalwart minister

Editorials and commentary on the death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty

The sudden death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty brought forth tributes from across Canada and from across the political spectrum. Here are some excerpts from editorials and commentary in Canadian media on the death of the former finance minister: Halifax Chronicle Herald, April 10, 2014 Editorial: Flaherty was a stalwart minister

Conservative party tells Adams it has 'grave concerns" about her conduct

OTTAWA - The Conservative party has delivered notice to MP Eve Adams that for now she can run for the nomination in an Ontario riding, but her conduct will be closely scrutinized. Party president John Walsh sent Adams a sharply worded letter Wednesday night, following a meeting of the Conservative governing body. Prime Minister Stephen Harper had ordered the party to look into allegations against Adams lodged by the riding association in Oakville North-Burlington. The complaints ranged from concerns about her personal behaviour to her use of party and Commons resources.

Business leaders describe Flaherty's economic leadership as global in scope

TORONTO - Former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty was remembered by the business community on Thursday for his steady hand and determined leadership in Canada and on the world stage through the 2008-09 financial crisis. "He was a source of strength and financial leadership for the country during what was probably the most challenging economic period since the Great Depression," said Gord Nixon, the head of Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY).

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has died

OTTAWA - Former finance minister Jim Flaherty died suddenly on Thursday, less than a month after quitting the cabinet. His family said he died peacefully. "We appreciate that he was so well supported in his public life by Canadians from coast to coast to coast and by his international colleagues," said the statement issued on behalf of Christine Elliott and her triplet sons, John, Galen and Quinn

Tory MP Eve Adams rebuked by party, but allowed to run

OTTAWA - The Conservative party has admonished MP Eve Adams for her behaviour in a heated nomination battle, but she will still be allowed to run in a new Ontario riding. The party's governing body issued separate letters to Adams and to the riding association president of the Oakville North-Burlington following a conference call late Wednesday. Sources say that in the letter to Adams, party president John Walsh calls her behaviour during a March riding association meeting unacceptable.

Harper used to believe in need for consensus, time to study electoral reform

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government appears determined to whisk its controversial overhaul of election laws through Parliament, despite near-universal condemnation from electoral experts and strenuous political opposition.

Finance Minister Oliver pledges tax relief for families once budget balanced

TORONTO - Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver says the government will provide tax relief once the budget is balanced next year. Oliver told a business audience in Toronto on Monday that there won't be any big stimulus package next year. But he said once the budget is balanced and moves into a surplus position there will be relief for "hard-working Canadian families" who pay too much in taxes. Oliver didn't address the contentious issue of income splitting and he stressed that job creation would continue to be a top priority.
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