PRESS DIGEST- Canada- March 26

Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:23am EDT
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March 26 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Quebec Premier Pauline Marois struggled to regain control of a floundering Parti Quebecois election campaign amid signs the Quebec Liberal Party is widening its lead among voters in the final weeks of the election race and could be on track to form a majority government. (

* Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the country must begin to "assess the pain" of increasing pressure on the Putin government over Russia's seizure of the Crimean peninsula, after the Group of Seven countries said it is prepared to impose economic sanctions if Moscow escalates the crisis further. The Prime Minister has singled out the prospect of sanctions against Russia's energy industry, which would in all likelihood curtail the ability of Canadians, and those in other G7 countries, from doing petroleum-related business with Russians. (

Reports in the business section:

* Goldcorp Inc Chairman Ian Telfer dared Osisko Mining Corp to find an alternative to his company's $3-billion hostile offer, saying the smaller miner has had more than enough time. It has been more than two months since Vancouver-based Goldcorp announced the unsolicited bid, and time is running out for Osisko. (   Continued...