PRESS DIGEST- Canada - April 2
April 2 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
** The Ontario government is closing in on a deal to merge Hydro One Brampton with three other utilities, a move that could give the province a windfall of close to C$500 million ($396 million) while creating Canada's largest municipally-owned electricity distributor and kickstart the selloff of provincial electricity assets. (bit.ly/1MEMxsn)
** A coalition of major business groups is urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take a "leadership role" in completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership amid fears Canada may walk away from the talks to save its protected dairy and poultry sectors. In a letter to Harper, the heads of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters urged him not to give up on a "historic opportunity" to expand trade. (bit.ly/1NKujTl)
** The British Columbia securities regulators are probing Teck Resources Ltd's trading activity after a news report suggested that the miner was in talks to merge with Chile's Antofagasta Plc, according to a person familiar with the matter. (bit.ly/1y27uHc)