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Canada's Ocean Play­ground votes: It could be a close call Tuesday night in Nova Sco­tia. Both the Lib­er­als and Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives have promised to cut taxes for small busi­ness and red tape. The NDP have painted them­selves as the hero of the pro­le­tariat, com­mit­ting to hik­ing the min­i­mum wage to $15 and rais­ing taxes on the prov­ince's wealth­i­est. Clos­ing out the big banks: The big-bank earn­ings wrap up this week with Sco­tia­bank re­port­ing its sec­ond-quar­ter re­sults Tuesday, fol­lowed by Na­tional Bank of Canada the next day.

Kin­der Mor­gan awaits Wed­nes­day: Kin­der Mor­gan's IPO for the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion is set to close Wed­nes­day. The com­pany's goal is to raise $1.75 bil­lion, which would make it one of the big­gest IPOs on the Toronto Stock Ex­change. Wed­nes­day is also the dead­line B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver has set for him­self to de­cide whether to strike a deal with the Lib­er­als or the NDP — a de­ci­sion that could have ram­i­fi­ca­tions on the project's fate. Macroe­co­nomics junkies, take note: Sta­tis­tics Canada re­ports the GDP fig­ures for the first quar­ter on Wed­nes­day and on Fri­day come the trade fig­ures for April. There are no soli­tudes: So says CMHC pres­i­dent Evan Sid­dall, who is set to give a speech Thurs­day be­fore the Cana­dian Club of Toronto en­ti­tled, "No Soli­tudes: A Cana­dian Na­tional Hous­ing Strat­egy."

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