PRESS DIGEST-Canada - Aug 7

Fri Aug 7, 2015 6:47am EDT
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Aug 7 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


** At the first election debate of the 2015 campaign Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and New Democratic Party chief Tom Mulcair tried to paint Stephen Harper as an out-of-touch leader who's frittered away government revenue on tax breaks and remains insulated from the weakening economy. (

** Alberta's NDP government took heat from the oil patch for its corporate tax hike as Canadian Natural Resources Ltd blamed it for a deep quarterly loss. Canadian Natural, among early vocal critics of the new provincial government's fiscal policies, said it took a C$579-million non-cash charge in the second quarter to account for future tax liability. (

** After years of hesitation, Barrick Gold Corp is making it clear to investors that its executives are weighing every single option available. Their immediate goals: to slash the company's crippling debt load and to cut everyday costs. (   Continued...