PRESS DIGEST-Canada - Feb 23

Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:23am EST
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Feb 23 (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 Harper government's push to deliver a balanced budget despite the burden of low oil prices has attracted fresh attention to a potential stockpile of federal cash: a multi-billion-dollar taxpayer stake in the auto business. The government's remaining 73.4 million shares in General Motors are now worth more than $3.40 billion in total, thanks to the combined effect of a solid stock price and a weakened Canadian dollar. (

** The federal government is rejecting calls for more independent oversight of Canada's national security agencies even as it speeds passage of legislation that would give sweeping new powers to spies and police in the name of fighting terrorism. Parliament will vote Monday night on the Anti-Terrorism Act after the Conservatives limited second-reading debate for the legislation to three days. The bill will be sent to a Parliamentary committee for scrutiny. The Tories want the controversial legislation to become law before the summer begins. (

** Health officials say a 19th case of measles has been confirmed in Quebec. Public health officials at a news conference on Saturday would not confirm whether the new case is a child or an adult, nor whether it is linked to Quebec's previous 18 cases. The source of the outbreak for the first 18 cases has been traced to Disneyland, California. (