The Trans-Pacific Partnership Prioritizes Trade Over Health

Wellesley Institute | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Business
Wellesley Institute

The TPP court could pose a roadblock for Canada to fulfill its obligations with regard to the right to health, including access to healthcare and the underlying social determinants of health. For example, the TPP could block governments from establishing a national PharmaCare plan that would increase access to prescription drugs but could decrease pharmaceutical companies' profitability.

Texas Oil Billionaire Sues Ontario For $700 Million Under NAFTA Rules

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Business

For the past four years, Texas oil billionaire and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens has been suing the Liberal government in Ontario under NAFTA, arg...

Is Canada a Country, Or a Commodity?

Sol Chrom | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Sol Chrom

I can't remember feeling this disheartened about a federal election since 1997. Ever since then, there's been a growing malignancy in our body politic -- a malignancy that goes beyond partisanship. Regardless of who's been in power in Ottawa (and provincial capitals, for that matter), we've been watching the gradual but unmistakable enfeeblement of government, to the point where it may well be irreversible.

Canada Would Be Foolish Not to Join the TPP

Centre for International Policy Studies | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business
Centre for International Policy Studies

This week, it was announced that an agreement on the TPP had been reached, although few details were forthcoming. For more than 10 years, experts on North American economic integration have been calling for a deepening of the NAFTA. The TPP offers such an opportunity. Canada would be foolish to miss it.

The Hard Truths for Canada About the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Carlo Dade | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Business
Carlo Dade

The bottom line with the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Canada is that it really doesn't have a choice about whether or not to join. The Americans and Mexicans are joining and they're taking the North American market i.e. Canada's market, the source of its prosperity, with them -- whether or not Canada agrees. The TPP will turn North America from a privileged table for three, which Canada has more or less had to share only with Mexico, into a crowded sauve qui peut la vie table for 12.

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.

Donald Trump Calls NAFTA 'Disaster,' Vows To Renegotiate Or 'Break' Deal

CP | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON _ Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he wants to be able to slap tariffs on U.S. companies that choose to make their pr...

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.

B.C.'s New Water Prices Don't Violate NAFTA

Andrew Gage | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Gage

Can the water be bought and sold? Does the licensee have an ongoing right to receive the water?

Canada Needs to Increase Its Focus on North America

Carlo Dade | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Carlo Dade

That the U.S. is changing is not news; it may be the definition of pabulum. But what is surprising is how out of touch or uninformed most of Canada seems to be with the drastically changing U.S. and also Mexico, in other words with North America.

Canadians Need to Be Better Educated About the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Carlo Dade | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Business
Carlo Dade

Attention in Canada is finally starting to shift toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and two things are starting to become apparent. The first is that no one in Canada seems to know what the agreement is. As iPolitics has noted, Canadians seem unsure" if the TPP is a trade agreement, rock band or new brand of toilet paper.

Canada Needs to Get Cozy With Mexico

Christopher Sands | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Making the case to deepen ties with Mexico to Canadians on the basis of a thoughtful review of the arguments and the evidence of twenty years of NAFTA experience is a valuable contribution to the Canadian debate, and very much in the tradition of sober second thought on issues of the day.

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?

ExxonMobil's NAFTA Win Over Canada Called 'Corporate Bullying'

CBC | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Business

An international trade tribunal has ordered Ottawa to pay ExxonMobil and another oil company $17.3 million, following a complaint that the companies w...

These Canadian Industries Are Winning the Trade Game

Peter Hall | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

How is Canada faring in our industrial diversification? Progress on trade diversification over the past 15 years is likely one of the most remarkable developments in Canadian economic history. A strong dependence on traditional markets was only enhanced by the Canada-US FTA, which saw exports to the US soar to over 85 per cent of the total. But a big shift began in the New Millennium.

Why Is Mexico on Canada's List of 'Safe Countries'?

Elvira Truglia | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Elvira Truglia

Mexico's human rights crisis is staring Canada in the face. According to Amnesty International, there are six times more reported cases of torture and ill-treatment than a decade ago. The 43 disappeared in Ayontizapa are only a needle in the hay stack of more than 80,000 estimated dead and 26,000 disappeared in the last 8 years.

Canada Is Trading Away Its Environmental Rights

David Suzuki | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Canada's environment appears to be taking the brunt of NAFTA-enabled corporate attacks. And when NAFTA environmental-protection provisions do kick in, the government often rejects them. According to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, more than 70 per cent of NAFTA claims since 2005 have been against Canada, with nine active cases totalling $6 billion outstanding.

Sunny Freeman

Canada Is Most-Sued Country Under Free Trade Tribunals: Study | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Business

Canada is the most-sued country under the North American Free Trade Agreement and a majority of the disputes involve investors challenging the country...

Canada Works To Block NAFTA Review Of Oilsands Tailings Ponds

CBC | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Business

Canada is trying to stop NAFTA's environmental watchdog from taking a closer look at the environmental effects of the huge tailings ponds produce...

NAFTA Environmental Watchdog 'Dying A Slow Death'

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Business

Attempts by NAFTA's environmental watchdog to look into the Harper government's record on salmon farming and the oilsands are at an impasse after dead...

Pollution Study First Of Its Kind

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada

A new international study has attempted for the first time to understand changing patterns of industrial pollution across the North American continent...

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...

Ottawa To NAFTA Commission: Drop Oilsands Probe

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Business

CALGARY - Ottawa wants the Commission for Environmental Co-operation to drop its investigation into whether laws are being properly enforced when it c...

What We Can Do About Canada's Trade Problems

Perrin Beatty | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Perrin Beatty

Canada needs to make more use of direct programming with target countries (nearly 80 per cent of official aid went to foreign agencies in 2013, often on a sole-sourced basis). And more should be done to connect Canadian expertise to multilateral development banks and international humanitarian institutions.