Canadian opposition lawmaker Scott Brison , whose proposal to include human rights reviews in a free trade accord with Colombia may win its passage, said the idea could jumpstart a similar agreement stalled in the U.S. Congress.
Canadian opposition lawmaker Scott Brison said his Liberal Party has “made it clear” what they want to see in Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget later this year, including spending on education and worker training.
Colombian Trade Minister Luis Guillermo Plata is courting senior lawmakers from Canada’s main opposition Liberal Party in a bid to cement their support for a free-trade agreement and assure its passage in Parliament.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be under pressure from opposition lawmakers to reverse corporate tax cuts and extend government stimulus as a condition for keeping his government in power when Parliament reconvenes today.
Canadian business investment needed to sustain an economic recovery is threatened by Liberal Party Leader Michael Ignatieff ’s pledge to scrap planned corporate tax cuts because companies may find it difficult to plan, the head of the country’s manufacturing lobby group said.
Canada’s statistics agency cut its job-creation estimate and erased an earlier finding the economy recouped losses from the last recession, bringing fresh calls from opposition lawmakers for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to rework his stimulus plan.
Canada’s largest business group will step up its lobbying campaign against opposition leader Michael Ignatieff ’s plan to cancel corporate tax cuts, saying it threatens the investment needed to carry an economic recovery.
Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney told lawmakers the Canadian economy stalled or shrank last quarter, sharing with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty the view that growth will rebound without further government stimulus.