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Price gap 'fixes', oil price woes on Wednesdays with @Kady

12/10/2014 10:28 EST | Updated 02/09/2015 05:59 EST
Today on our Wednesdays with @Kady live chat:

- With holiday shopping in full swing, Industry Minister James Moore fulfilled one of the remaining Tory promises from the last Speech from the Throne: "fixing" the perceived gap between consumer prices in Canada and the U.S. But will the fixes work? And with the dollar dropping these days anyway, won't these moves quickly become a moot point — retailers can blame exchange rates, and shoppers may not be as motivated to cross the border? Finally, what's up with the Conservative fundraising pitch attached to yesterday's announcement?

- From Newfoundland to Alberta, oil-driven economies will see revenues pinched by the shrinking world price of oil. What does it mean for federal numbers? Could next year's balanced budget be threatened? What else can be blamed on falling oil prices — are these difficulties for the oil and gas sector a sensible reason to hold back on climate change regulations, for example?

- Justin Trudeau spoke once again at caucus this morning about the importance of his party's "open" nomination process. But examples keep surfacing where party members feel things weren't open enough. Is Team Trudeau smart to make sure they're getting the candidates they really want for the next election, or will these fights blow up in their face when loyal party members are no longer available for the fight on the hustings come 2015?

Join the conversation at 12 p.m. ET today. You can also talk to us on Twitter using the hashtag #WwK.

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