FIVE BUSI­NESS EVENTS TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Toronto Star - - BUSINESS -

Pre­miers meet­ing:

Canada's pre­miers will get to­gether begin­ning Mon­day in Ed­mon­ton for their an­nual meet­ing, where there is no short­age of top­ics to dis­cuss. NAFTA rene­go­ti­a­tions, the soft­wood lum­ber dis­pute and pipe­lines are just a few of the is­sues on the minds of the pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial lead­ers — and they can make for some dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions.

Speak­ing of pre­miers:

John Hor­gan and his cab­i­net will be sworn in on Tues­day in Vic­to­ria. Bri­tish Columbia's premier-des­ig­nate has so far not laid out specif­i­cally how he would stop Kinder Mor­gan's Trans Moun­tain ex­pan­sion, one of many is­sues the busi­ness com­mu­nity will be watch­ing for.

What the Sears?

The na­tional re­tailer rolled that slo­gan out late last year, but now that could serve as a ral­ly­ing call for laid off work­ers an­gry that they lost sev­er­ance pay­ments as the com­pany undergoes re­struc­tur­ing. Sears Canada re­turns to court Tues­day in Toronto, where it's ex­pected to ar­gue its case to be­gin liq­ui­da­tion sales by Fri­day.

In­flated im­por­tance:

Sta­tis­tics Canada re­leases the lat­est in­fla­tion fig­ures Fri­day. The data will be scru­ti­nized, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the Bank of Canada, in jus­ti­fy­ing its de­ci­sion to raise the in­ter­est rate, said last week it be­lieves the soft­ness in in­fla­tion is tem­po­rary. The cen­tral bank's in­fla­tion tar­get is two per cent, and in May it was 1.3 per cent.

The bot­tom line:

There are a few cor­po­rate no­ta­bles on the earn­ings front this, in­clud­ing Rogers, Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way, En­cana and Husky En­ergy.

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