PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Nov 22


Nov 22 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is denying anyknowledge of a one-time plan for the Conservative Party to repayMike Duffy's expense claims, even though police documentssuggest the Prime Minister gave some sort of approval forarrangements with Duffy at the time the party payment was beingnegotiated. ()

* The U.S. government plans to sell its remaining GeneralMotors Co shares by the end of the year, an announcementthat helped the two Canadian provincial governments that joinedWashington in bailing out GM move closer to breaking even ontheir investment. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Canada is giving U.S. discounter Target Corp thecold shoulder, and the snub is dragging down the retailer'soverall results. ()

* Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, who was in Toronto lastweek to meet with hotel executives, is pressing Four SeasonsHotels Inc and the parent company of Fairmont Hotels & ResortsInc to look at options such as merging or goingpublic. ()


* Just three days after having his mayoral powers sharplyrestricted, a frustrated Rob Ford suggested to his budget chiefthat he thinks the "gravy train" is rolling back into Torontocity hall. ()

* A police investigation that four years ago saw allegationsthat key players in the Ontario justice system were conspiringto obstruct justice has fizzled out with admissions that thepolice investigators themselves were routinely breaking the law.()


* When Cliffs Natural Resources suspended the Ringof Fire project that had promised to bring jobs and prosperityto the city of Thunder Bay, it proved what local authoritiesalready know: Economic growth in the mining industry is hard topredict and even harder to plan for. ()

* The dramatic restructuring underway at Canadian Pacific has been a boon for investors but appears to be rufflingthe feathers of some of the railway's customers. ()

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