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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

18 Apr 2018

Bank of Canada holds rates, prospects rise for a July hike

OTTAWA The Bank of Canada held interest rates steady on Wednesday, as expected, but said more hikes will be needed over time and pointed to a pick up in wage growth and inflation, two issues that have concerned the central bank.

09 Apr 2018

Canadian firms see pickup in sales growth: central bank survey

OTTAWA Canadian companies remain optimistic about sales growth despite trade uncertainties, the Bank of Canada said on Monday in a report that boosted the currency and reinforced expectations of further interest rate hikes down the line.

03 Apr 2018

Provincial stimulus can kick Canada into a higher gear -economists

TORONTO/OTTAWA, April 2 Fiscal stimulus from major provinces is set to give Canada's economy a shot in the arm, which could boost the case for further Bank of Canada interest rate hikes over the coming months despite slow growth at the start of the year, economists said on Monday.

28 Mar 2018

Quebec cuts small business taxes, ups spending as election looms

QUEBEC CITY Quebec's government on Tuesday said it would cut taxes for small businesses, ramp up program spending and balance the Canadian province's books in fiscal 2018-19 as it eyes gains in the polls ahead of a fall election.

23 Mar 2018

Canada's Alberta sets out plan to balance budget by 2023-24

EDMONTON, Alberta The Canadian province of Alberta said on Thursday it would run a smaller-than-expected budget deficit in the coming fiscal year and vowed to balance the books by 2023-24 as it tightens spending and banks on a delayed oil pipeline getting built.

20 Mar 2018

Trump 'enthusiastic' about reaching NAFTA deal, says Canada's PM

OTTAWA U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be "enthusiastic" about coming to an agreement on NAFTA, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday amid signs the pace of talks is accelerating.

15 Mar 2018

Canada household debt-to-income near record high, home sales fall

OTTAWA Canadian household debt as a share of income remained near a record high in the fourth quarter, even as interest rates began to rise last year, while home sales fell in February as tighter mortgage rules hit demand.

09 Mar 2018

US tariffs risk serious consequences, no 'all clear' yet: Bank of Canada

VANCOUVER U.S. plans for steel and aluminum tariffs and rising protectionist rhetoric carry potentially serious consequences and it is too soon to call the "all clear" even with a temporary exemption for Canada, a Bank of Canada official said on Thursday.

07 Mar 2018

WRAPUP 1-Canada trade deficit narrows in Jan, exports fall by most since July

OTTAWA, March 7 Canada's trade deficit narrowed more than expected in January as imports pulled back from a record high, but exports tumbled by the most in six months as the country shipped fewer cars and forestry products, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.

03 Mar 2018

Canada retaliation in U.S. tariff row 'like grabbing your own throat'

MEXICO CITY/OTTAWA Canadian officials are bombarding U.S. counterparts with calls to secure an exemption on potential steel and aluminum tariffs and threatening retaliation, but Ottawa has limited leverage to counter the plan, industry insiders and analysts said on Friday.


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