PRESS DIGEST-Canada - Dec 9

Mon Dec 9, 2013 5:30am EST
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Dec 9 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Ontario's Liberal government is leaning away from hiking the harmonized sales tax as a method of paying for transit expansion, reasoning that such a move would be too unpopular. ()

* Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new buyers of Canadian-made guns and ammunition, an analysis of federal government data shows. ()

* At least two more key Conservative MPs received gold-embossed business cards, contrary to long-standing government rules against fancy stationery. Tony Clement was given his gold cards shortly after being promoted to Treasury Board president in the May 2011 cabinet shuffle, following the election of a Conservative majority. ()   Continued...