March 27, 2017 / 11:43 AM / a year ago

PRESS DIGEST-Canada - March 27

March 27 (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 British Columbia Liberal government has received more than 1,000 applications from first-time home buyers who have been lured by new incentives under a program designed to improve housing affordability.

** British Columbia's Auditor-General plans to meet with the minister in charge of government advertising soon to figure out why the budget for such taxpayer-funded publicity often swings wildly from year to year and appears to spike in years before voters head to the polls.

** Armed with a budget promising billions of dollars in climate change-related spending, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna heads to New York on Monday as part of her effort to attract investment to finance the country's shift to a low-carbon economy.


** The fight to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline will move from Washington D.C. to Nebraska after U.S. President Donald Trump approved the controversial and long-delayed project on Friday.

** BlackBerry Ltd CEO John Chen had "mixed emotions" over the deal to transfer employees to Ford Motor Co of Canada, according to new documents filed in a C$20 million ($15 million) class action lawsuit on behalf of 300 employees of the smartphone-turned-software company.

** Canadians shouldn't assume that the lack of major tax hikes in Budget 2017 means no big changes are coming, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Friday. ($1 = 1.3345 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Sai Sachin Ravikumar in Bengaluru)

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