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.