PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Oct 10

Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:34am EDT
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Oct 10 (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 arrival of price-slashing U.S. retailers, a high-profile Senate investigation and tariff cuts on select consumer products have done little to narrow the persistent gap between Canadian and U.S. prices. There is still a substantial 10-percent spread, based on a basket of consumer products surveyed by the Bank of Montreal. The last time BMO sampled cross-border prices in May 2012 the gap was 14 percent. ()

* Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff had a binder full of details on Senator Mike Duffy's official and personal activities, but appears not to have provided it to auditors reviewing Duffy's expenses nor to police when they first opened an investigation.()

Reports in the business section:

* A Canadian firm is at the heart of America's historic healthcare overhaul - and smack in the middle of a political maelstrom. A unit of CGI Group Inc, the information technology giant based in Montreal, is the main contractor behind the new federal marketplace for health insurance. The system is the centrepiece of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. ()   Continued...