Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Tuesday he has seen movement in discussions on creating a national securities regulator, and expressed optimism that federal and provincial authorities can reach a common position.
"We've made some significant progress. I don't want to be overly optimistic, but I think there is some prospect that we'll be able to get to a common position," Flaherty told reporters after discussing the issue with Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.
The goal has been to create one securities regulator that will replace the patchwork of 13 provincial and territorial regulators, or at least to cover most of them if not all provinces opt in. The French-speaking province of Quebec, which recently elected a provincial government that wants to separate from Canada, could well remain a holdout.
The character of the new regulator would be different than originally planned, in light of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling last December that said day-to-day
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