"Feds will make music downloading illegal, Heritage minister says."


"Feds to look at offering Canadians option to increase CPP contributions"

My best guess is simply Federal Government, I however suspect it might have a more precise meaning.

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    Yes this is referring to the Federal Government.
    – John Samps
    Jun 26, 2015 at 21:46
  • In the U.S. it's often used specifically to refer to the the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Although it works for both. Jun 26, 2015 at 23:04
  • In economics/finance Fed (not Feds) refers exclusively to the US Federal Reserve.
    – snoram
    Jun 27, 2015 at 1:49
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    @snoram - and therefore clearly not relevant to the OPs question, is it? Jun 27, 2015 at 2:06
  • Yes. I don't know why we are discussing US English.
    – snoram
    Jun 27, 2015 at 22:56

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Yes, in Canada, "Feds" means the current federal government, as opposed provincial or municipal governments. Unlike in the US, it means the law makers rather than any law enforcement agency.

  • In the US the term refers to a regulatory agency or law enforcement.
    – Jason M
    Jun 27, 2015 at 2:02
  • I didn't realize that. Can you give an example of a regulatory agency so called? Jun 27, 2015 at 2:05
  • It's common in political articles especially to refer to the source of grant money or regulations as the feds. The FCC is very commonly referred to as 'the feds'. The EPA is another I've seen called 'the feds' quite often.
    – Jason M
    Jun 27, 2015 at 2:23
  • I guess that nuance doesn't make it over the border in the TV shows I watch. Thanks. Jun 27, 2015 at 2:25
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    It refers to the central government, but I don't have a source for any of this. The term includes the bureaucracy as well as the elected representatives. Jun 27, 2015 at 11:04

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