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Alberta's Notley says any fed tax changes need to balance fairness with growth

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is not weighing in directly on the federal government's controversial tax change proposals, but says she hopes the feds strike a balance by ensuring tax fairness without stifling economic growth.

Notley says that's critical as Alberta is just rebounding from a prolonged economic slump.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 06:41 PM

Chief Canadian NAFTA negotiator not expecting progress on auto content rules

OTTAWA - Despite tough talk from the U.S. about the job-killing impact of NAFTA on its automotive sector, Canada's chief negotiator isn't expecting to see a detailed American proposal on the matter during the latest round of talks to rewrite the continental trade pact.

Rules of origin will be "a subject for discussion, but we're not expecting to see anything radically new at this point," Steve Verheul said Saturday.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 06:12 PM

Ottawa rolls out school buses for U.S. and Mexican NAFTA negotiating teams

OTTAWA - American and Mexican trade negotiators are discovering one more disadvantage to the breakneck pace being set for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Unable to block book a large number of rooms in one centrally located hotel on short notice, the Canadian government, which is hosting the third round of NAFTA talks, has housed the visiting negotiators in a variety of hotels around the national capital and even across the river in Gatineau, Que.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 06:03 PM

Canadian Chamber of Commerce critical of proposed tax reforms by Ottawa

FREDERICTON - Members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce say proposed tax changes for businesses by the federal government are casting business people in a negative light, and the finance minister should apologize.

"Whenever a process from government starts to position business people and the business community in such a negative light, it is an absolute disaster from a communications perspective and I think an apology from our federal minister to the Canadian business community would be appropriate," said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 04:42 PM

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.

The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia. The states that told The Associated Press they had been targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Friday, September 22, 2017 | 11:59 PM

The Latest: In AP tally, 21 states confirmed hacking targets

WASHINGTON - The Latest on the federal government's notification to 21 states about election hacking (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

Friday, September 22, 2017 | 09:00 PM

In new setback, Uber to lose license to work in London

LONDON - Uber will lose its license to operate in London because it may be endangering public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a severe blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture.

The company, which has been beset by a litany of scandals over its management style from accusations of sexism to the illegal use of software to trick regulators was told it was not "fit and proper" to keep operating in London, where it has 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers.

Friday, September 22, 2017 | 08:53 PM

National Post newsroom workers filing for union certification, vote to come

TORONTO - CWA Canada says a majority of staff in the National Post's newsrooms in Toronto and Ottawa have signed cards to support forming a union.

The media union says it has filed a certification application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, which is to organize a vote by the newspaper's staff within the next week.

Friday, September 22, 2017 | 07:28 PM

Quebec renews Uber's operating permit for another year; tightens rules

MONTREAL - Ride-hailing company Uber will be allowed to operate legally for another year in Quebec under more strict rules, Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said.

Lessard said Friday he'll extend the pilot project under which Uber had been operating for the past 12 months, contingent on the company being subject to the same rules as traditional taxis regarding training and background checks.

Friday, September 22, 2017 | 06:54 PM

Provinces challenge Trudeau government over contentious tax proposals

OTTAWA - Provincial pressure is intensifying against the Trudeau government's controversial tax-reform proposals, which have angered business owners, doctors and farmers across Canada.

On Friday, provincial leaders representing different political stripes Liberals, New Democrats and Conservatives spoke out about tax reforms recommended by Ottawa's Liberal government.

Friday, September 22, 2017 | 06:49 PM