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Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Shouldn't Stop for Elections

Mark Warner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Warner

Trade negotiations are growing in importance as developed and developing countries alike increasingly realize that protectionism is not a path to prosperity. Federalism poses challenges for our trade negotiations that are exacerbated by elections at both levels of government in Canada, and among our trading partners. The electoral clock is also ticking on Japanese Diet elections next summer and on U.S. presidential and congressional elections next fall. If the machinery of trade talks ground to a halt every time an election approached, there would be no trade agreements at all -- which is, perhaps, what some people desire.

CIBC: Free Trade Deals Becoming ‘Bureaucratic Nightmare'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Business

“Something is not working” with the free trade deals Canada has signed onto, CIBC World Markets says in a new report — but don’t expect the us...

The E.U. Needs to Stop Dangerous Trade Deals

Maude Barlow | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

We Canadians are writing to you, the Socialists, New European Left, and Greens, because you have the power to stop these dangerous trade deals. With this type of trade agreement, we have a choice: Do we accept rising inequality, unchecked corporate power, and lowered social and environmental standards, allowing the one per cent to become richer at our expense, or do we draw a line in the sand?

CETA's Promise of 80,000 Jobs Doesn't Add Up

Maude Barlow | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, has repeatedly promised an 80,000 job windfall from CETA. But many economists and commentators have questioned the veracity of economic models of trade agreements saying free trade's returns have been overestimated.

The EU Conversation Harper Refuses to Engage With

Maude Barlow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

Canada's trade minister Ed Fast believes that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) does not need to be renegotiated to address growing European concern about its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision. We can hope that this intransigence could be the undoing of CETA in Europe.

Maude Barlow in Conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Sujata Dey | Posted 06.21.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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.