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  • Liberal definition of middle class Canadians 'not useful,' says economist

    OTTAWA - The Liberals speak constantly of strengthening the Canadian middle class, but any precise definition of that amorphous category of people getting all the attention has always been ambiguous at best.
  • Canadians anxiously await U.S. NAFTA proposal on auto content rules

    OTTAWA - The Canadian automotive industry is anxiously waiting to see if the next round of NAFTA negotiations will provide some clarity on American demands that vehicles must have "substantial" U.S. content to qualify for duty-free movement within North America.
  • Mastermind Toys ramps up expansion even as Toys "R" Us flounders

    TORONTO - Jon Levy's favourite playthings as a Toronto child growing up in the 1960s and 1970s included Lego blocks and fort-building kits — classics that still fly off the shelves of his Mastermind Toy stores today.
  • Trump piles on new economic sanctions against North Korea

    NEW YORK - President Donald Trump has added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea. The president on Thursday authorized stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans' nuclear weapons advances.
  • Trump commerce secretary says new study proves need for NAFTA changes

    With the next round of NAFTA negotiations set to begin in Ottawa, U.S. President Donald Trump's commerce secretary says a new study proves the need for tougher rules on auto-parts imports in the continental trade agreement.
  • China criticizes S&P credit rating cut as 'wrong decision'

    BEIJING - China's Finance Ministry on Friday criticized the cut in the Standard & Poor's rating agency's credit rating on Chinese government borrowing as a "wrong decision" and said it ignores the country's economic strength.
  • GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

    WASHINGTON - Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who've studied the legislation.
  • Financials and energy sectors boost TSX, Wall St. down on rate hike expectations

    Toronto's main stock index continued to push higher Thursday as Wall Street veered lower on heightened interest rate expectations from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
  • SEC under fire for being hacked despite warnings on security

    WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission waited until Wednesday to disclose a hack of its corporate filing system that occurred last year. The disclosure raises questions about the agency's ability to protect important financial information and comes as Americans are still weighing the consequences of the massive hack at Equifax.
  • May to urge new partnership, transition period for Brexit

    LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May will try to kick-start faltering Brexit negotiations on Friday by proposing a new economic and security partnership between Britain and the European Union, plus a transition period after the U.K.'s formal departure in 2019, May's office said.
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