PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Nov 21

Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:58am EST
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Nov 21 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Alberta is overhauling parts of its election financing laws, boosting fines for illegal donations and removing a gag order on its chief electoral officer -- but doing little to rein in the influence of major donors.

Bill 7, tabled Tuesday, doesn't change the limit on donations to political parties, continues to allow corporate and union donations, doesn't cap party spending and doesn't clarify the law on donation splitting, where one person's cheque is apportioned into donations from several people. ()

* Israel's ambassador says Canada is backing her country's right to defend itself without pressuring the country to end its strikes in Gaza quickly.

Ambassador Miriam Ziv said Ottawa has given Israel a clear message of support since Israel began airstrikes in the Gaza strip a week ago. The Harper government has been unequivocal in backing Israel's right to defend itself in the face of rocket attacks from Hamas and other groups in Gaza, she said. ()