PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Dec 17

Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:24am EST
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Dec 17 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Jim Flaherty predicts there will be no national consensus - and therefore no deal - to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), a position that clearly irritated his Ontario counterpart as federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers gathered for a Sunday night dinner in Ottawa. "I think what will happen at our meeting is we'll have a discussion on the CPP issue and it will not be resolved because there's not a consensus," Flaherty said. ()

Reports in the business section:

* In stark contrast to the previous regime, the new Parti Québécois government is pulling out all the stops to entice companies into locating their cloud computing and data operations in Quebec. ()

* First Quantum Minerals Ltd has made a hostile, C$5.1 billion ($5.17 billion) takeover offer for Inmet Mining Corp, taking the bid directly to shareholders after two earlier offers were snubbed by the owner of one of the world's largest undeveloped copper assets. ()   Continued...