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Bank of Canada business survey finds more optimism for hiring, spending

OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada's latest sampling of business sentiment shows company confidence in the economy is turning decidedly positive, and that may be good news for Canadian workers.

Refusing to testify against a spouse prevents courts from seeking truth; MacKay

OTTAWA - Allowing people to refuse to testify against their spouses is an "obstacle" to getting at the truth in a court of law, says Justice Minister Peter MacKay.

Today on the Hill: Businesses, banks, gaze into Canada's economic future

OTTAWA - We'll find out today how confident businesses and some big banks are about the future of the Canadian economy.

'Webcam' murder case expected to be in jury's hands today

TORONTO - The fate of a man accused in the death of a York University student from China is expected to be in a jury's hands later today.

QuickSketch of Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard

MONTREAL - Quebecers will vote in a provincial election Monday. Here is a sketch of Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard:

QuickSketch of Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois

MONTREAL - Quebecers will vote in a provincial election on Monday. Here is a sketch of Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois.

Kenney investigates Victoria fast food restaurant for labour violations

OTTAWA - The federal government is investigating a possible violation of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which has been a black eye for the governing Conservatives due to a series of abuses.

Alberta teen dies after getting bucked from horse during rodeo training

THORSBY, Alta. - Investigators say the death of a 16-year-old boy at a junior rodeo training event southwest of Edmonton appears to have been a freak accident.

Quebec political party leaders make push for votes in waning election campaign

MONTREAL - Pauline Marois made a last-ditch appeal to supporters on Sunday to get out and vote for her Parti Quebecois on election day, ruling out any kind of deals with the Coalition party to shore up her party if it wins another minority government.

Trudeau doesn't get the middle class, can't vote in Quebec election: Mulcair

OTTAWA - If there was any question over whether the next election campaign is already underway, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair put those doubts to rest this weekend.

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