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Varcoe: Rating agency pans Alberta's new budget, calling it 'a pipeline dream'

Reviewers can be harsh, as all theatre performers know.

The Alberta government’s new budget is already drawing weak opening reviews from credit rating agencies and economists for its large deficit, expanding debt levels and go-slow approach to balancing the books. 886 more words


BMO's marijuana debut not slowing smaller firms’ roll

Bank of Montreal’s medical marijuana financing debut may herald more competition for institutions already doing cannabis-related business, but it could also lend more legitimacy to the industry, some players say. 624 more words


Trump policies loom large for Canadian banks

NAFTA renegotiations and recently passed corporate tax cuts were among the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump that loomed large over a get-together of Canada’s top bank CEOs Tuesday. 516 more words

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Varcoe: Stellar jobs report puts wind in finance minister's sails

Joe Ceci was in a chipper mood Friday, and why shouldn’t he be?

After the pummelling the finance minister and NDP government have taken in recent months over the size of the provincial deficit, high unemployment rate and constant trickle of credit rating downgrades, Friday’s job numbers were something to celebrate. 820 more words


Oil price rise not enough to boost Canadian oilpatch spending: energy analysts

A recent surge in oil prices will boost the bottom line of Canadian oil and gas producers but remains well below the minimum level needed to encourage increased investments in the oilsands or conventional oil and gas, energy analysts say. 549 more words