Andy Blatchford

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The longer road to balance: Parties in no rush to eliminate budgetary deficits

Canada's election campaign is barely underway and, fiscally speaking, it's already unlike any in recent history: none of the major political parties is promising to balance the government's books in the next four years.

Conservatives, if elected, would work to restore ties with Saudi Arabia

A Conservative government, if elected this fall, would work to fix Canada's relationship with Saudi Arabia by trying to build back rapport with the kingdom in areas that it considers of mutual interest.

Via Rail's case for major project better without Montreal-Quebec leg: internal doc

Via Rail is looking for financial support to build dedicated rail lines that would increase the frequency of trips, cut travel times and ensure its trains will no longer have to work around freight schedules on borrowed tracks.

Canada to invest in satellite technology to connect rural, remote areas

The federal government is making a big funding announcement Wednesday alongside a Canadian company that's developing satellite technology to expand high-speed Internet access in rural and remote regions.

Is quest for Canadian oil independence more political pitch than economics?

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he wants to end Canadian imports of foreign oil by 2030, a move experts say would mostly affect purchases from the United States and could endanger deep trade relationships.

Mark Warawa bids emotional farewell to MPs, calls for more access to palliative care

Conservative MP Mark Warawa used his emotional farewell address to the House of Commons on Tuesday to call for changes that will ensure more Canadians have access to palliative care.

False vaccine claims spread online by bots, trolls: top public-health doc

Canada's chief public health officer says the fight against vaccine-related misinformation on social media is being further complicated by the emergence of online bots designed to sow mistrust.

Federal government still on pace for $15B deficit despite surplus through most of 2018-19

The Trudeau government says it remains on track to post a budgetary shortfall of about $15 billion in 2018-19 even though a new estimate says the federal books ran a $3.1-billion surplus through the first 11 months of the fiscal year.

Big pharma might cut research, delay new drugs if pharmacare means more generics: memo

Brand-name drug companies could put off introducing new medicine in Canada and scale back research here if the country makes a major shift to cheaper generic alternatives under a national pharmacare plan, according to an internal federal analysis.

Canola exporters can't easily find alternatives to China, Richardson International exec says

A third Canadian canola exporter has received a non-compliance notice from China over quality concerns, the federal agriculture minister said Tuesday, the latest development in an escalating feud with the Asian country.