Stephen Harper

Canada ‘won't take no for answer’ on US pipeline

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in a discussion with the Canadian American Business council in New York. Photo: AP

Canada's prime minister says he "won't take no for an answer" if the Obama administration rejects the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to the US Gulf coast.

Saturday, 28 September, 2013, 3:08am

Conservative Brent Rathgeber blasts Canadian PM Harper as he quits

Stephen Harper

A legislator from Canada's ruling Conservatives quit unexpectedly and accused the government of being secretive and overly controlling, boosting pressure on Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he tries to contain a scandal over expenses.

8 Jun 2013 - 3:00am

Canadian PM Harper honours war dead in Hong Kong

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (second from right) and wife Laureen attend a Remembrance Day ceremony at Sai Wan War Cemetery. Photo: AP

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday visited a war cemetery in Hong Kong, paying tribute to Canadian troops who lost their lives defending the city against Japanese invaders during the second world war.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Approve CNOOC bid for Nexen, ex-Canadian central banker says

China’s state-owned CNOOC is bidding to buy Canadian oil company Nexen. Photo: Reuters

Canada should allow China’s state-owned CNOOC to buy Canadian oil company Nexen, a former central bank chief said on Wednesday, brushing aside arguments that oil is a “strategic” resource off-limits to foreigners.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Huawei faces exclusion from Canada government network

Huawei has a thriving business in Canada. Photo: AP

Canada indicated strongly it would exclude Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies from helping to build a secure Canadian government communications network because of possible security risks. Meanwhile, the European Commission has delayed a trade case against Huawei and another Chinese telecom equipment maker, ZTE, easing tensions between the European Union and China, its second-biggest trading partner.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Analysis: Canada’s Conservatives split over CNOOC’s bid for Nexen

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets China's Prime Minister Hu Jintao at an economic summit in Russia in September. Photo: Xinhua

Canada’s ruling Conservative Party is split over a landmark US$15.1 billion bid by China’s CNOOC for oil producer Nexen, leaving Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a difficult final call to make.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chongqing's embattled boss appears in charge

Bo Xilai, embattled Chongqing Communist Party boss, chaired the city's party standing committee meeting on Sunday, urging cadres to make bolder reforms, local television reported last night - suggesting Bo remained fully in charge of the municipality's affairs.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

U-turns send the wrong message

We have already had one big budget U-turn, with the decision to pay out HK$6,000 to each permanent resident. This was later extended to low-income non permanent residents. Now, we face another shift. This time, it concerns a controversial plan to introduce a 15 per cent increase in first registration tax for vehicles.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Lawmaker wants drug-driving tests sooner

Lawmaker Andrew Cheng Kar-foo intends to move a private amendment to the Road Traffic Ordinance to speed up tests for drug-driving, but the move is unlikely to secure enough support to pass.

12 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

National parties make wealthy constituency a test case


The fortunate residents of Vancouver Quadra are heading to the polls for the third time in four years.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

First thanks for address likely

The Legislative Council is likely to pass a motion of thanks on the policy address after three government-friendly groups gave their backing to an amendment calling on the government to increase the old-age allowance.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Thinking big

The policy address revealed plans for 10 major infrastructure projects. Do these planned developments conflict with the chief executive's measures to clean up the environment? Write to us.

12 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Nervous neighbours

In the hamlet of Stanstead, Quebec, a painted line runs across the floor of the local library. Sit on one side and you're in Canada. On the other side, you're in the United States. That line runs 8,891km across the continent and between Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Americans and Canadians like to call it the longest undefended border in the world.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Low rate of approvals for public spending

The legislature's Finance Committee has approved 43 public spending proposals this session, the lowest number since 2000.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Budget surprise

In an unprecedented amendment to the budget, the finance chief has announced a transport allowance for low-income workers. Should he be tinkering at this late stage? Write to us

29 Mar 2006 - 12:00am