PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Oct 28


Oct 28 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Canada's surprisingly strong real estate market is leadingto heightened scrutiny of the data used to assess sales. Thenumbers are getting more attention amid debate about just howinflated the market may be. ()

* Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak ispledging to cut back the province's transit-building plans, andwould cancel a raft of suburban light rail transits in favor ofextending Toronto's subway system. ()

Reports in the business section:

* China's state-owned companies are still keen to invest inCanada's energy sector, but worry about the slow pace ofinfrastructure development to connect Western oil and gasproducers with Asian markets, Canadian Natural ResourcesMinister Joe Oliver said. ()

* Enbridge Inc has given closing arguments insupport of the reversal project for its Line 9 oil pipelinebetween Ontario and Quebec, and in a show of how rancorous theregulatory proceedings became, it was forced to do so inwriting. ()


* The Senate expenses scandal took another turn on Sundaywhen top Conservatives in the upper chamber said they wouldconsider backing away from a motion to suspend threecontroversial senators, a move that prompted the PrimeMinister's Office to reaffirm its support for the proposedsanctions. ()

* The surprising revelation last week that Ottawa is almost$7 billion ahead of schedule for eliminating the deficit isattracting the scrutiny of the budget watchdog. The No. 2 man inthe Parliamentary Budget Office says officials have asked thefinance department for clarification. ()

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