PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Dec 24

Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:12am EST
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Dec 24 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


** The Canadian economy put in a surprisingly robust performance in October and is positioned to extend its broadly-based growth with higher exports to the United States, but uncertainty remains over the impact of lower oil prices on the energy sector. (

** The governing Conservative Party has taken a slim lead over the Liberals, according to a new poll that also found a "sizeable" improvement in public sentiment toward Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Abacus Data poll is the latest to find an increase in Conservative fortunes ahead of the looming federal election, scheduled for next October. (

** Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will travel to Egypt next month to push for the release of imprisoned Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. Baird said Canada has been working hard behind the scenes to win the release of the Al Jazeera journalist who will be entering his 13th month in captivity by the time he arrives in Cairo in January. (