Canada Trade

International Trade Should Not Come At The Cost Of Human Rights

Jagmeet Singh | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jagmeet Singh

While premier Wynne and her 72-person delegation meet with India's heads of state to talk trade and visit the country's picturesque backdrops for photo-ops, they do so while simultaneously ignoring India's abysmal track record on human rights, systemic inequity and institutional racism.

TPP: Innovation Myths And Trade Realities

Mark Warner | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Mark Warner

A review of the list of consultations on the government's website and tweets by minister Freeland show a number of meetings with these particular TPP critics. All of this raises the question of whether the minister is hearing the alternative positive case for the TPP.

An Open Letter To Canadians On The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Chrystia Freeland | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Chrystia Freeland

After attending public town halls, participating in over 70 meetings and round tables, and receiving feedback from thousands of Canadians who have written to me, it is clear that many feel the TPP presents significant opportunities, while others have concerns.

Norway & Canada: An Important And Long-Standing Economic Relationship

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norway and Canada have a strong trade and investment relationship built on complementary resource endowments, similar levels of development, and shared interests and values. Norway's investment in Canada supports Canadian GDP and jobs, and Norwegian investments supply Canada's economy with much-needed capital.

Trade Trumps Climate Change Action At COP21

Sujata Dey | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Sujata Dey

When our democracies try to act on climate, trade agreements get in the way. For over 20 years, we have been fighting ISDS, the investor state dispute settlement clause in Chapter 11 of NAFTA, which allows companies to sue states over their decisions. It is a favourite tool of energy and mining companies.

How The TPP Jeopardizes Canadian Health

Dr. Sarah Giles | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Sarah Giles

The TPP appears to pose risks to our ability to afford to provide needed medications Canadians, and others around the world. When the free and open debate on this agreement is held, the impact on health care must be taken into account.

How the TPP Puts Canadian Privacy at Risk

Michael Geist | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

One of the most troubling, but largely ignored effects of the TPP involves privacy. Privacy is not an issue most associate with a trade agreement, however, the TPP features several anti-privacy measures that would restrict the ability of governments to establish safeguards over sensitive information such as financial and health data as well as information hosted by social media services.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is a Dead End for Jobs

John Jacobs | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Business
John Jacobs

Canada used to excel at industrial strategy, but now we are satisfied with trade, and any type of trade will do. That hands-off mentality, which is at the heart of global trade deals like the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), goes some way to explaining why Canada's trade deficits are growing, faster with free-trade partners than other countries, and the job intensity of our exports is declining.

Canada's August Trade Deficit More Than Double Analyst Expectations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business

Economists had expected a deficit of $1.2 billion in August.

NDP Will Defend Quebec Farms, Ontario Manufacturing: Mulcair

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Politics

Mulcair denounced Harper for negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership in secret and promised to stand up for the two sectors most worried about the would-be deal.

The Conservatives Are Betraying Canadian Jobs

John Cartwright | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Business
John Cartwright

This will be the first generation of Canadians in our history to be worse off than their parents. That blunt fact is the new reality of our country, where seven per cent of workers are officially jobless (and much more if hidden unemployment is included) and youth unemployment stands at over 13 per cent. And that reality is a direct result of the policies and actions of this Conservative government and the Mulroney government that came before it. Friday's headlines point to the 26,000 auto parts jobs at risk as Harper drives ahead to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Foreign Policy Should Have Taken Centre Stage at the Munk Debate

Carlo Dade | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Carlo Dade

Monday's Munk Debate is probably going to generate a lot chatter about in the small circles in Canada that actually care about foreign policy. That the three candidates themselves had trouble staying on the foreign side of issues and had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, back to foreign policy is only one indication.

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.

Canada On Track For A Record Trade Deficit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's trade deficit grew to $3.34 billion in May compared with $3.0 billion in April, increasing the chances the Bank of Canada will cut i...

Canada-EU Free-Trade Deal Not At Risk Of Falling Apart: Ottawa

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal government says Canada's free-trade deal with Europe is not at risk of falling apart.

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.

Trade Deficit Hits Record High

CP | Craig Wong, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's trade deficit grew to a record $3 billion for March as the drop in oil prices weighed on exports, Statistics Canada said Tuesday, bu...

Canada's Trade Deficit Widens

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Plunging oil prices took a bite out of the value of Canada's exports as the country posted a trade deficit of $2.5 billion for January, the l...

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.

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund -- A Success Story

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

According to the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ), Norway had 5.83 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves as of January 1, 2014, the largest oil reserves in Western Europe. The enormous income to the state from the industry made it possible to create a global pension fund that now owns more than one per cent of global share value.

Why North American and European Small Businesses Need To Start Exporting Now

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Recently there is an increasing need for exports to be built into the growth strategy of any business. Without exports, businesses, whether they are small businesses or multinationals, increasingly risk their long term health and prosperity by ceding rapidly growing markets and brand awareness to up and coming competitors over the long term.

How Small Businesses Get Big International Results

Peter Hall | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Its small share of the overall marketplace might lead many to conclude that small exporters are too small to warrant attention. That would be a great mistake. The dynamism of this segment suggests that it is already a powerful new force in Canada's economy.

Canadians May Finally Get To Taste B.C.'s Premium Wines

Mike Klassen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

It has been over two decades since B.C.'s wineries first received international gold medals for producing premium wines, yet most Canadian consumers still struggle to get their hands on a bottle. To make matters worse, FedEx has recently given notice it will no longer ship B.C. wine products without provincial regulations that allow for it.

Don't Worry About Canada's Trade Deficit

Peter Hall | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Moves like this don't escape the notice of financial markets, though. Exports will increasingly benefit from the nascent weakening of the Canadian dollar, but the emergence of surpluses may attract portfolio inflows that stem the slide of the loonie. On balance, we don't expect a reversal in our dollar, but there is a risk that as in the past, markets will overreact.

Don't Let Oceana Gold Jeopardize El Salvador's Democracy and Drinking Water

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

In El Salvador, people have died or lost their drinking water sources because of gold mining, contributing to a rising tide against mining. In 2008, the El Salvador government introduced a de facto moratorium on large-scale mining maintained by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.