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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO – Five things to watch this shortened week in Canadian business:

Business bigwig: Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is The Canadian Press’s freshly minted business newsmaker of the year. Hot off the honour, he’ll be in Ottawa on Monday making a presentation at a finance ministers meeting, possibly wearing shades and being pursued by paparazzi.

Morneau meetup: Finance Minister Bill Morneau meets with his provincial counterparts to discuss the Canada Pension Plan, infrastructure and other issues on Monday. The aforementioned Poloz will be in attendance.

Last-minute shopping: Canadians are rushing to get their holiday shopping done this week. Are Canadian retailers poised to have a good season, or a dismal one as the economy continues to pull out of its downturn?

Statcan on pensions: The federal agency is releasing a study on workplace pensions on Monday, delving into whether they crowd out other retirement savings vehicles.

Markets on their hols: The TSX shuts down at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and remains closed until Tuesday, Dec. 29. The NYSE also closes at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, but is open on Monday, Dec. 28.