PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Oct 23

Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:58am EDT
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Oct 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Prince Edward Island Senator Mike Duffy broke his silence in a lengthy speech to the Senate, saying Prime Minister Stephen Harper ordered him to repay questionable housing expenses during a private meeting the two had with Harper's former chief of staff Nigel Wright last February. ()

* Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company and one of the biggest investors in Western Canada's energy boom, is facing accusations of violating a United Nations arms embargo by providing fuel to military aircraft that attack civilians in war-torn Darfur. ()

* Last year's federal deficit came in nearly $7 billion lower than the Conservative government projected just a few months ago. News that the 2012-13 deficit was $18.9 billion rather than the $25.9 billion Ottawa projected in its March budget shows the government is on track to balance the books before the next federal election. ()