Bank of Nova Scotia is still waiting to close its purchase of Bank of Guangzhou, seven months after Prime Minister Stephen Harper raised the issue with China’s Premier Wen Jiabao. The delay is weighing on Harper as he considers Cnooc Ltd.’s $15.1 billion bid for Nexen Inc.
Barrick Gold Corp. and Visa Canada Corp. are exploiting an exemption in ethics legislation to hire former Harper administration aides as lobbyists, triggering calls for increased regulation as Canadian lawmakers prepare to review the rules.
Canada’s governing Conservatives will focus on sustaining the country’s recovery and bringing the government’s finances back to balance as lawmakers return for meetings this week, party officials said.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper ’s government is promoting planned corporate income tax cuts today with a country-wide campaign aimed at pressing opposition lawmakers to back his government’s 2011 budget.