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More than $3.4B in new revenue belies Tory claim of lowering taxes: Liberals

OTTAWA — As Canadians begin to look forward to a series of new federal tax measures kicking in soon, newly-released figures show changes to taxes and tariffs are also helping bolster the government’s bottom line.

Data tabled in the House of Commons this week shows a variety of tax changes and the elimination of old tax credits will rake in more than $3.4 billion for the federal government in 2015-2016. READ

Prentice to talk up Alberta’s economy next week at Washington, New York

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jim Prentice will speak to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in New York next week as part of his tour to promote cross-border relations. READ

Winter storm shuts down businesses, cancels flights as Maritimers hunker down

A blizzard warning cancelled flights and closed schools, government offices and universities throughout the Maritimes on Tuesday as people hunkered down during a powerful winter storm that unleashed stiff winds and dumped heavy snow on the region. READ

NAFTA environment watchdog won’t probe oilsands tailings ponds

The three countries that run the North American Free Trade Agreement’s environmental watchdog have voted against an investigation into how Canada oversees Alberta’s oilsands. READ

New Conservative anti-terror bill needs to walk a fine line, Kenney says

OTTAWA — There’s a fine line between legitimate religious expression and inciting terrorism, says Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney. READ

Alberta’s Prentice, Saskatchewan’s Wall skipping premiers’ trip to Ottawa

Two of western Canada’s conservative premiers, Alberta’s Jim Prentice and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, are skipping this week’s premiers’ meeting in Ottawa. READ

Tory MP’s bill unnecessary, could harm independence, say Parliament’s watchdogs

Parliament’s watchdogs have urged a Senate committee to quash a proposal to publish the political backgrounds of their employees, calling it unnecessary and potentially harmful to the independence of their offices. READ

Opposition MPs reject federal plan to keep worst criminals in jail for life

The government’s long-promised plan to lock up some criminals and throw away the key will only make prisons more dangerous, opposition MPs say. READ

Does a family making $120K per year qualify as ’middle-class’? The feds think so

Canada’s finance minister insists low- and middle-income families will see two-thirds of the benefits from the Harper government’s contentious multibillion-dollar tableau of family-friendly measures. READ

Mulcair unveils more platform planks: tax relief for small biz, manufacturers

Tom Mulcair has nailed down three more planks in the NDP election platform, unveiling promises of tax relief for small business and manufacturers. READ

As mortgage rates begin to decline, brokers predict more cuts on the horizon

Mortgage brokers say Canadian banks have started cutting some of the rates they offer their most trusted borrowers, and they could come down even further as the spring real estate market gets into full swing. READ

Federal books face deficit if oil prices stay at current levels: PBO

Canada’s parliamentary budget office says Ottawa’s books will remain in the red in the coming fiscal year if battered oil prices continue to hover close to their current lows. READ

Thalidomide survivors still hoping for funding after Ottawa misses deadline

The federal government has missed a deadline to provide funding to 95 thalidomide victims. READ

Holocaust survivor returns to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

A Canadian woman who was one of the few children to come out of Auschwitz alive on liberation day in 1945 has returned to the infamous Nazi death camp for the first time. READ

Legislation to bump veterans to front of federal job line is flawed: ombudsman

Canada’s military watchdog is worried a bill intended to give veterans first crack at federal civil service jobs is flawed. READ

Canada finds case of H7N9 bird flu in traveller; first in North America

Canadian health authorities say they have diagnosed a case of H7N9 bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China. READ

Special forces troops involved in two more firefights with ISIL fighters

There have been two more firefights between Canadian special forces troops and Islamic extremists in Iraq, events that will add fuel to an already burning political debate as parliament resumed sitting. READ

Montreal man charged with terrorism hoax to undergo more psychiatric tests

A Montreal man facing a terrorism-related charge will undergo an additional six weeks of psychiatric evaluation. READ

Former Guantanamo inmate Omar Khadr seeks bail pending U.S. appeal

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr is seeking bail pending disposition of his appeal in the United States against his disputed conviction for war crimes. READ

Parliamentary budget officer says foreign aid, poverty spending shrinking

The parliamentary budget officer says Canadian foreign aid spending is set to plunge to record lows in the coming years, prompting pleas to the Harper government to halt the slide. READ

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