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Companies wary of pension plan

TORONTO—About 100 Ontario companies are expressing “serious reservations” about the new provincial pension plan and its impact on jobs and the economy.

Employers including Maple Leaf Foods, Ford of Canada, Magna International, IBM, and Union Gas signed a letter by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce urging the government to quickly clarify some details of the new pension plan.

Parties jostle before debate

OTTAWA—Anticipation of the first televised French-language debate loomed large on the campaign trail yesterday, with the parties jostling for position in advance of the showdown that promises to put NDP leader Tom Mulcair in the cross-hairs.

Mulcair moved to pre-empt one line of attack: his refusal to demand that face coverings be banned during citizenship ceremonies.