Canada Trade

The Rise Of Protectionism Hits Canada's Trade Talks

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Business

Growing anti-trade sentiments are certainly a factor in Ottawa's dealings with U.S. and Europe.

Trade Numbers Bring Canada's Economy Much-Needed Good News

CP | Craig Wong | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Business

Just a couple days after the economy contracted.

Canada Must Build 21st Century Trade Routes To Escape Low Growth

Perrin Beatty | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Business
Perrin Beatty

Ottawa's most important policy response to lagging growth has been a return to that great theme of Canadian history: building. Sixty per cent of Canada's GDP depends on trade. Canadians need to build now to get our goods and services to the growing global middle class, projected to grow from 1.8 billion today to five billion by 2030.

Trade Deal Among Premiers Looking Less Likely

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada

A deal could go through without including the always-contentious issue of alcohol.

To Honour Canada's Upcoming 150th, Let's Dismantle Economic Barriers

Perrin Beatty | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Business
Perrin Beatty

Canada remains a collection of 13 regional markets separated by a myriad of competing rules and standards that weakens economic growth by increasing costs and limiting choice for consumers, business and governments. It is astonishing that 28 independent countries can collectively lower the economic barriers between them while Canada has been unable to do so between 13 provinces and territories.

Ukraine Is (Almost) Ready To Open For Business

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Bociurkiw

Business sells business best -- not government folks. Ukrainian officials are putting forth a good sales pitch: they sell themselves as pro-western and pro-business in a country which has a 99.7 per cent literacy rate and is just a two-day truck drive from most EU hubs.

It's Time To Make Canada's Relationship With Japan A Priority

Perrin Beatty | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Perrin Beatty

Trade between Japan and Canada has stagnated for over a decade. Exports from Canada to Japan grew only four per cent from 2006 to 2015, while Canada's imports from Japan have declined. There is good news -- foreign investment from both sides show an upwards trend -- but business will need help to capitalize on this opportunity.

The TPP Is The Latest In A Bad Generation Of Trade Deals

Jerry Dias | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Where once trade deals dealt with bringing down tariffs to allow for the freer flow of goods between countries, today's trade deals put much more emphasis on "non-tariff barriers" such as laws and regulations within the countries involved in a trade deal -- and grant extraordinary powers to corporations to sue governments that pass laws that hurt their profits.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is A Hidden Tax On Canadians By Multinationals

Gord Miller | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Business
Gord Miller

The most pressing environmental policy problem facing Canada is the possible ratification of the "trade deal" known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The investor protection provisions (called the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism, or ISDS) in that agreement presents a major threat to environmental protection in Canada. Let me tell you why.

The TPP May Widen The Gap Between Rich And Poor

Salman Sakir | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

Unemployment and income inequality are issues that are plaguing both countries; so, policies to ameliorate rather than exacerbate them need to be considered. Further research need to be conducted to understand the impact of the TPP on Canada and the U.S. before the trade agreement goes into effect.

International Trade Should Not Come At The Cost Of Human Rights

Jagmeet Singh | Posted 02.09.2016 | 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 08.20.2016 | 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 07.07.2016 | 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 06.29.2016 | Canada Politics

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