PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Oct 3

Fri Oct 3, 2014 5:41am EDT
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Oct 3 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


** Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will outline in Parliament on Friday the military contribution Canada is prepared to make to the fight against Islamic State militants, setting the state for a vote on this combat deployment Monday. The Prime Minister's Office made the announcement on Thursday evening. Canada has been asked by the United States to provide fighters and other aircraft to join air strikes against jihadist forces that have wreaked havoc in Iraq. (

** The Conservative government will post a dramatically smaller deficit for the most recent fiscal year, a $5.2 billion shortfall that represents an $11 billion improvement over the latest budget estimate. (

** After failing to find a buyer for Sears Canada Inc , its U.S. parent now is trying to shed most of its stake in a $380 million rights offering, raising questions about the fate of the struggling Canadian retail operation. (