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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

May 18 2018

Canada inflation rate dips in April; central bank seen on hold in May

OTTAWA Canadian inflation cooled slightly in April, bolstering expectations the central bank will hold interest rates steady later this month and weakening the Canadian dollar.

May 16 2018

Bank of Canada says NAFTA uncertainty weighing on investment

OTTAWA Uncertainty about NAFTA renegotiations is one of the reasons the Bank of Canada has kept interest rates low, because concern about U.S. trade policy is dragging down business investment, Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri said on Wednesday.

May 16 2018

Canada ready to cover Kinder Morgan loss, sees outside interest

OTTAWA Canada is prepared to cover some losses Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd might suffer if a proposed oil pipeline expansion is delayed and thinks other investors are ready to step in if need be, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Wednesday.

Apr 18 2018

Bank of Canada holds rates, prospects rise for a July hike

OTTAWA The Bank of Canada held interest rates steady on Wednesday, as expected, but said more hikes will be needed over time and pointed to a pick up in wage growth and inflation, two issues that have concerned the central bank.

Apr 09 2018

Canadian firms see pickup in sales growth: central bank survey

OTTAWA Canadian companies remain optimistic about sales growth despite trade uncertainties, the Bank of Canada said on Monday in a report that boosted the currency and reinforced expectations of further interest rate hikes down the line.

Apr 02 2018

Provincial stimulus can kick Canada into a higher gear -economists

TORONTO/OTTAWA, April 2 Fiscal stimulus from major provinces is set to give Canada's economy a shot in the arm, which could boost the case for further Bank of Canada interest rate hikes over the coming months despite slow growth at the start of the year, economists said on Monday.

Mar 27 2018

Quebec cuts small business taxes, ups spending as election looms

QUEBEC CITY Quebec's government on Tuesday said it would cut taxes for small businesses, ramp up program spending and balance the Canadian province's books in fiscal 2018-19 as it eyes gains in the polls ahead of a fall election.

Mar 22 2018

Canada's Alberta sets out plan to balance budget by 2023-24

EDMONTON, Alberta The Canadian province of Alberta said on Thursday it would run a smaller-than-expected budget deficit in the coming fiscal year and vowed to balance the books by 2023-24 as it tightens spending and banks on a delayed oil pipeline getting built.

Mar 19 2018

Trump 'enthusiastic' about reaching NAFTA deal, says Canada's PM

OTTAWA U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be "enthusiastic" about coming to an agreement on NAFTA, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday amid signs the pace of talks is accelerating.

Mar 15 2018

Canada household debt-to-income near record high, home sales fall

OTTAWA Canadian household debt as a share of income remained near a record high in the fourth quarter, even as interest rates began to rise last year, while home sales fell in February as tighter mortgage rules hit demand.

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