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Maude Barlow in Conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Sujata Dey | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

Berlin -- Yesterday, Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, challenged the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and other trade deals in a panel discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During the panel, Chancellor Merkel presented her G7 presidency priorities.

Should Canadians Be Worried About the Weak Loonie?

Peter Hall | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

A weaker Canadian dollar poses a threat to imported inputs to Canada's production machine, and to future Canadian investments abroad. But the soaring U.S. dollar isn't the only currency in play. Movements in other currencies are less dramatic. Perhaps this is an opportunity to scan the globe both for inputs to our production process and for direct investment undertakings in less-traditional markets.

Merkel's Political Imperatives Spell Trouble for Canada

Maude Barlow | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

German chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Ottawa for a visit on Monday, but she may not be bringing the news Stephen Harper wants to hear when it comes to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). That's because the German government wants to re-open CETA and amend the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. This controversial provision allows a transnational corporation to sue a national government that passes public interest or environmental legislation that impacts their future profits.

Newfoundland Suspends Participation In All Trade Agreements

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador says it is suspending its participation in all trade agreements because of its dispute with Ottawa over a...

N.L. Premier: I'll Hold Harper To Account

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Politics

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's premier says he'll maintain fish processing rules that could trigger penalties under a free trade deal ...

Germany Backs Down From Opposition To Canada Trade Deal

Reuters | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Business

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said he expected his Social Democrat party would back Europe's free trade agreement with Canada (CETA), which ha...

Why Canada Is Looking More Attractive to Global Health Researchers

Russell Williams | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Business
Russell Williams

As the CETA negotiations have progressed, our community has seen an opportunity to make Canada a more attractive destination for global investment in health research by modernizing our Intellectual Property rules as they pertain to the life sciences.

Germany Puts Canada-EU Trade Deal On Hold: Reports

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Business

On the eve of a summit between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Union leaders, Germany has signalled it’s putting the Canada-EU trade deal...

Canada's Free Trade Needs Some Work

Dan Kelly | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

In the midst of this new day of free trade between nations, it is precisely the right time to take a close look at our own back yard, and frankly, it needs some work -- particularly given the renewed discussion back home in Canada regarding the difficulty of doing business from one Canadian province to another.

Free Trade Agreements Attack Democracy And Human Rights

Michaël Lessard | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Business
Michaël Lessard

At the Peoples Social Forum, six representatives of prominent civil organizations were heard. These organizations consider that the agreement does not seek to improve trade between countries, but instead are give new special rights to corporations, which undermine the democratic rights of peoples.

Canada-EU Deal Leaked, And Guess What, We Caved

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 08.14.2014 | Canada Business

A German news show has published what it says is the text of the Canada-EU free trade deal. More than 520 pages of the 1,500-page document were pos...

Canada-EU Trade Deal Finalized

CP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Negotiators working on Canada's free trade deal with the European Union have finalized the long-awaited text of the agreement. The final w...

So What To Happened To All Those Trade Deals, Ed?

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Only technicalities stand in the way of Canada concluding major trade and investment agreements with Europe and China despite growing unease ...

What Canada's Export Numbers Tell Us About Global Demand

Peter Hall | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

Last week's merchandise trade figures were pretty impressive, all things considered. Weather has wracked a lot of January and February indicators, but...

Why Free Trade Agreements Grow Canadian Business

Terrance Oakey | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business
Terrance Oakey

Policies that restrict competition ultimately act to the detriment of Canadian firms and their workers. Free trade agreements like CETA open new markets for Canadian companies, but also force them to compete against foreign entities at home. It is that competition that spurs innovation and productivity.

NDP on CETA: Details Matter

Don Davies | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Don Davies

So while Europe is undoubtedly a good trade partner, the question is: have the Conservatives negotiated a good deal for Canada? The answer is we can't say until we see the actual deal. Just as most Canadians wouldn't sign a major contract without reading and understanding it first, New Democrats won't support or oppose a trade agreement that we haven't seen.

Harper, Learn to Balance Your Desire For Profit With Our Democratic Rights

Stuart Trew | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Stuart Trew

According to our poll, 54 per cent of Canadians said they oppose giving special protections to EU firms, "similar to the protections American investors in Canada have as part of free trade with the U.S. [that] let them sue Canadian governments if they feel a government policy, including an environmental policy, unfairly affects their investment or profits in Canada."

Canadians Can't Quite Agree on an EU Trade Deal

Maude Barlow | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

Once every few months, the Canadian public is asked by one polling firm or another how it feels about a Canada-European Union free trade agreement. Consistently, between 70 and 80 per cent of respondents say they generally like the idea of a deal.

Canada Should Sign a Free Trade Deal with Japan Too

David Worts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
David Worts

When concluded, the Canada-Japan EPA would create a year-on-year multi-billion-dollar gain for the Canadian economy. A joint study by Canada and Japan has estimated the annual boost to Canada's gross domestic product from an EPA would be between $3.9 billion and $9.3 billion, while the gains for Japan's economy are estimated to be between $4.5 billion and $5.1 billion.

Moving in the Right Direction on Intellectual Property Protection

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Nadeem Esmail

Focusing only on the cost increases associated with stronger (but still lagging) intellectual property protection for pharmaceutical innovators is simplistic and wrong. It is the balance of these costs and benefits that are the ultimate determinant of whether or not Canadians are better off, not just the post-2023 increase in drug costs to provincial governments, patients, and insurers.

Why CETA is Little More Than a Corporate Bill of Rights

Yves Engler | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Under CETA Canada will lengthen the time drugs remain under patent, which is expected to drive up already high Canadian pharmaceutical drug costs by more than $850 million a year. Instead of extending Canadian patent laws to more closely reflect Europe's rules, why not harmonize daycare programs to reflect the best of the trading area?

Taking Prescription Medication? You Could Benefit From CETA

Rob Oliphant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Rob Oliphant

It is Canada's challenge to ensure this country is attractive to those who are making the decisions on where to invest their dollars for the discovery and development of innovative new treatments. So while critics try to dismiss stronger IP as nothing more than a technique to pad the bottom line of a faceless corporation, for millions of Canadians it could be a matter of life and breath.

EU Documents Boast Of Getting One Up On Canada

CP | Julian Beltrame and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A European Union analysis of the just-completed trade agreement with Canada suggests the EU gained more than it expected — and might have s...

Trade Deal Bad News For Drug Costs

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The recently announced free-trade deal with Europe will likely cost Canadians hundreds of millions of dollars more for prescription drugs, sa...

One Way The EU Is Getting A Better Deal Than Canada

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - European exporters will save about three times the amount of duty payments compared with their Canadian counterparts in a landmark free-trade...