Posthaste: Liberals’ economic plan, Trans Mountain’s construction snags and Netflix counters Apple with India deal | Financial Post

It’s finally here. The federal elections are set to kick off today and Canadians can expect to be bombarded with a new wave of gimmickry, falsehoods, grandstanding and promises from today till Oct 21 (perhaps even beyond).

Right on cue, we have an interview with Finance Minister Bill Morneau on the cost of living, taxes, the deficit and a looming recession that’s top of mind for Canadian voters ahead of the elections.

“We have seen the Chinese economy slow down, we have seen the German economy slow down, we haven’t seen that same situation in Canada. We are just coming off our second quarter, which was very strong, 3.7% growth, and we have the lowest level of unemployment we have seen in more than a generation,” Morneau told Emily Jackson in her weekly Down To Business podcast. “So, we are in a position that we do need to face up to those global issues, but we are coming at it from a position of strength. So what we would do? We would continue to focus on how we can ensure that people see the opportunity for success.”

Meanwhile, Apple will soon launch its $5.99 TV service in Canada, which will likely squeeze Netflix. The Netflix stock fell 2.16 per cent Tuesday. But what got lost in the noise was that the California-based firm said on the same day that it had struck a deal with India’s Karan Johar-owned Dharma Productions to create a range of films and series exclusively for Netflix, according to Bloomberg.

“Director, producer and talk-show host Johar is considered the feel-good cinema king of Bollywood, thanks largely to the effervescent themes, star-studded casts, and the over-the-top sets and glitzy costumes that have helped turn several of his films into blockbusters,” Bloomberg reported.

Apple may have the platform, but content — last I checked — is still king.

Home building in Canada looks “rock solid” after data showed housing starts rose 1.9% in August to beat expectations. BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic said the numbers reflect strong demographic demand both from abroad and within Canada. Starts for single detached homes were up 11.4%, coming off lows earlier in the year, while multi-unit starts slipped 1.4%.

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With files from The Canadian Press, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg

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