Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Alberta's finance minister says people in the province are happy without a sales tax and he has no plans to introduce one.

Joe Ceci (SEE'-see) says the idea of a sales tax came up during a meeting with economists today.

But he says it doesn't suit -- quote -- "the mindset of Albertans."

The province is on track for a 10.3-billion-dollar deficit this year and is expected to be more than 42 billion dollars in debt by next spring.

B-M-O economist Robert Kavcic (KAV'-sik) says from an economic perspective, a consumption tax is the best way to ensure a stable base of revenue in tough times. (The Canadian Press)


(Languages-Lobbying-Commissioners) (Mba Note)

A Franco-Manitoban has been nominated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the job of official languages commissioner.

Raymond Theberge has been president and vice-chancellor of Universite de Moncton since 2012.

His name began circulating last week as a likely candidate for the languages job but the nomination must now be approved by the House of Commons and the Senate.

Trudeau says Theberge's experience as a community advocate, academic and public servant give him an appreciation of the challenges facing English- and French-speaking communities across Canada. (The Canadian Press)


(Pembina-Propane-Exports) (Alta Note)

Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline says its board of directors has approved construction of an export terminal at Prince Rupert, B-C.

The terminal will be used to send liquefied Western Canadian propane to markets in Asia and Central America.

The project is expected to cost about 260 million dollars and to be in service by mid-2020.

Regulatory and environmental approval is still needed for the facility, which will have a permitted capacity of about 25-thousand barrels per day of propane. (The Canadian Press)



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