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Morning Brew: November 1, 2007

Posted by Sisi / November 1, 2007

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Photo: "Marche Jean Talon," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler fermata.daily.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, November 1st, 2007:

Borling: Flaherty's mini-budget passed easily yesterday. The vote count mirrored that of the Oct. 16 Throne Speech. Once again, the Liberals abstained while the NDP and the BQ opposed the Tory motions. The approval of the minibudget means a reduction in GST effective Jan. 1st, 2008, dropping the tax from 6% to 5%. Although the Liberals chose not to defeat the minibudget, leader Stéphane Dion said that a GST reduction would deprive the national coffers of some $35 billion over the next five years.

Montreal offers the most affordable rent out of five major cities in Canada, according to a federal housing agency. Behind Montreal are Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, and Toronto. (I don't imagine anyone is surprised at that last item.)

News from the sidelines...kind of: The Montreal Canadiens defend captain Saku Koivu's French after it was criticized at a reasonable accommodation hearing. Tuesday, a lawyer at the Bouchard-Taylor hearings in Quebec City cited Koivu as an example of the "unacceptable" language accommodations that threaten French in Quebec. Coach Guy Carbonneau said the Habs are role models, not ambassadors of the French language. PQ leader Pauline Marois jumped on the bandwagon, suggesting on Tuesday that maybe hockey players who don't speak French should take lessons.

Loonie watch: The loonie hit another high, briefly surging to above $1.06 US late yesterday.

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