December 22, 1999 |
The government of Canada sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. for $1 billion Tuesday, charging that it and related companies conspired to smuggle tobacco products into Canada to avoid millions of dollars in taxes. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y., alleges the companies set up an elaborate network of smugglers and offshore companies to flood Canada with cheap cigarettes after the government doubled taxes and duties on tobacco in 1991.
November 24, 1999 |
The Canadian government said it has hired Jeffrey Wigand, the man who blew the whistle on the U.S. tobacco industry and inspired the movie "The Insider," as a special health consultant on national tobacco policies. Wigand is a former vice president and head of research for U.S. tobacco company Brown & Williamson, a unit of British American Tobacco. "The Insider" is based in part on his struggle several years ago to reveal the inside workings of the industry.
October 22, 1999 |
Quebec's separatist government, warning of dire consequences, is urging Canada to think twice before legislating on the rules under which the province could secede. The Canadian government is considering legislation to establish a set of rules on Quebec secession in an effort to be prepared for another referendum. Ottawa was roundly criticized for being caught off guard by the 1995 referendum that the separatists came close to winning.
December 14, 1998 |
Canada's finance minister is expected to block two proposed bank unions, which would have ranked among the largest transactions in Canadian history, because of concern they would erode competition, sources said Sunday. Finance Minister Paul Martin will deliver a decision on merger proposals by four of the country's Big Six banks this morning, a Finance Department spokesman said.
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September 19, 1998 |
One of the largest Christian ministries in North America has been rebuked by Canada's broadcast ethics watchdog for airing allegedly questionable commentary about homosexuals. The Focus on the Family show, which airs on hundreds of radio stations in Canada and more than 2,300 in the United States, has been found in violation of the human rights code of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
January 8, 1998 |
The Canadian government extended a hand Wednesday in apology for more than a century of mistreatment of aboriginal peoples--but the gesture was rebuffed by some as not going far enough. A "statement of reconciliation" was the centerpiece of Ottawa's response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. It was accompanied by a pledge of $420 million for native peoples over the next four years on top of current funding.
September 20, 1997 |
Summers are fleeting in Canada, and so are respites from the great national debate over whether Quebec's separatists can rend the country by leading their French-speaking province to independence. Already last Sunday, it was gray and damp and the temperature was in the 40s when the elected leaders of the nation's 11 English-speaking provinces and territories gathered here at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
June 3, 1997 |
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien was reelected Monday with a reduced majority in Parliament after an election campaign that deepened the regional animosities pulling this country. Late returns showed Chretien's centrist Liberal Party, running on its economic record, winning 155 of the 301 seats in the House of Commons by piling up votes in central Canada, particularly the populous province of Ontario.
May 11, 1996 |
Setting up a new confrontation with Quebec's separatists, the Canadian government announced Friday that it will take them on in court. Justice Minister Allan Rock said the federal government will intervene in a Montreal civil lawsuit and challenge separatist doctrine that Quebec voters alone can decide on the independence of the French-speaking province--without regard to Canada's constitution and without the consent of the rest of the country.
April 26, 1996 |
The Prince of Wales toured this wintry gateway to Canada's agricultural heartland Thursday during a weeklong trip to Canada that many are treating as a Canadian audition by the heir to the throne. Media treatment of the visit repeatedly has referred to Prince Charles as "the man who would be king of Canada," and more than a few Canadians are ready to put a question mark at the end of that phrase.