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Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, centre, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, right, and his B.C. counterpart, Mike de Jong, shake hands after signing an agreement to set up a co-operative capital markets regulator.
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, centre, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, right, and his B.C. counterpart, Mike de Jong, shake hands after signing an agreement to set up a co-operative capital markets regulator.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

Saskatchewan eyes national regulator pact

The federal government is close to signing up a third province for its voluntary national securities regulator, with Saskatchewan’s government now “optimistic” that it can reach an agreement to join Ontario and British Columbia.

Late last year, when Jim Flaherty was still Finance Minister and pushing the idea, there was optimism in federal quarters that Saskatchewan was close to joining Ottawa’s side.