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Big Oil Hits New Low With Financial 'Blackmail' Of Government

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

Before using the threat of equalization payments as a "poke in the ribs" to provinces such as British Columbia and Quebec, perhaps the petroleum industry should rethink its own dependency on subsidies. It should be aware that it, too, is vulnerable to budgetary policy.

From NAFTA to TPP, Canada Hasn't Learned From Free Trade Mistakes

Sujata Dey | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

Many of the promises -- increased productivity, more jobs, more money in our pockets -- have simply not come true. This is ironic because, as free trade agreements become toxic all over the world, Canada, a country bound by a long-standing trade deal, has not had a comprehensive debate on the proposed CETA (trans-Atlantic) or TPP (trans-Pacific) agreements.

Knee-Jerk Policies Will Not Cool B.C.'s Red-Hot Housing Market

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

For months the government had been in denial over the issue: overblown, isolated to a few neighbourhoods, it said. Since then its approach has gone from "the market will correct itself," to a "bold action plan," to legislating a retroactive 15 per cent tax on foreign ownership.

Feds Prep For U.S. Vote Outcomes, Including Trump Threatening NAFTA

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada Politics

Canada's ambassador to the U.S. says it's a big enough job that there's lots of work for everybody to do.

Take A Back Seat, Oilsands: U.S. Is The New Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Business

The world has 70 years' worth of oil left, study says.

Electoral Reform: What Does History Tell Us?

Kathleen O'Connor | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O'Connor

Our current first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system has regularly awarded 100 per cent power to one of Canada's two established "centrist" political parties -- the Liberal Party or the Conservative Party(formerly, Progressive Conservative Party) -- even when their share of the popular vote has been well below 50 per cent of total votes cast, nationwide.

TransCanada Lawsuit Holding America's Sovereignty Hostage

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

President Obama rejected Keystone XL because he was convinced it was not "in the best interest" of his country. Unhappy with this decision, TransCanada Pipelines chose to directly challenge the sovereignty of the government of the United States with this $15-billion lawsuit.

TransCanada Sues U.S. For $15 Billion Under NAFTA

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Business

They said they would do it, and they did it.

Trudeau Arrives In Japan To Talk Canada's Role As 'Atlantic State'

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics

The trip marks the prime minister's first overseas bilateral visit since taking office last fall.

Trump Says He Loves Canada, But Does He Really?

Rémi Francœur | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Rémi Francœur

Trump, a profound nationalist, is often described as an isolationist with regards to his foreign policies, namely his strong opposition to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). This in particular would greatly affect Canada in terms of trade policy, jobs, unions, a large part of the Canadian economy, even the exchange rate if he were to actually win in the general election this November.

Poloz Boasts Positives Of Free Trade Amid Anti-Trade Concerns

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2016 | Canada Business

Stephen Poloz will deliver a speech in two weeks in New York on strengthening global trade.

There Is A Reason The Right Wing Is Attacking Free Trade

Sujata Dey | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

In many countries, there is a debate over how much power we give to corporations. And it is boosting populist right-wing parties and left-wing parties that are against trade. In Europe, many of the right-wing parties are opposing free trade agreements. At the same time, from the left of the spectrum, voices such as Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are also targeting free trade.

Could Trump Really Rip Up America's Trade Deals?

CP | Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | Posted 03.13.2016 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has promised to shred America's trade deals and impose fines on imports from Mexico and China. He's gone so far as to swear...

Canada's Share Of U.S. Imports Lowest Since Free Trade Began

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Business

America doesn’t need Canada anymore — at least not nearly like it used to.

$568 Million? Canada Sued Under NAFTA Over Cancelled Wind Farm

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Business

“We hope that this mechanism will break the provincial political interference.”

NAFTA Countries Sign Deal On Green Energy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Business

"We are finally catching up to where our allies are."

The Biggest Loser In New Hampshire? NAFTA

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Business

Experts are skeptical either candidate could scupper the trade deal.

Canada Must Get Behind The TPP Now Or Risk Being Left Behind

Carlo Dade | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Business
Carlo Dade

Should Canada not ratify the agreement now and decide to try and join later, it's doubtful that any of the probably hundreds of exemptions and carve-outs that it currently has would be offered again. In other words, if you don't like this version of the TPP you'll be less happy with what we would get later.

When Corporations Sue Countries, No One Wins

Maude Barlow | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

If Keystone XL were built, it would produce 110 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, which is incompatible with effective U.S. action to cut climate pollution. Ultimately, the loser isn't the big bad Americans; it's our environment, and the right of governments to protect it for their citizens.

TransCanada Lawsuit Shows ‘Corporate Power Truly Out Of Control'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.09.2016 | Canada Business

TransCanada’s decision to sue the Obama administration over the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline has given new ammunition to opponents of free trade deals.

TransCanada Has A 'Good Shot' With NAFTA Challenge, Expert Says

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business

TransCanada intends to seek US$15 billion in damages over Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.

TransCanada Says It Will Sue Under NAFTA Over Keystone Rejection

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Business

Wants $15 billion in damages.

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.

Europeans Have The Power To Defeat CETA

Sujata Dey | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

I cannot help thinking that, while countries rush to sign trade deals such as CETA and the new TransPacific Partnership, they cannot seem to get a binding climate change agreement. Very little at the UN or in previous climate conferences has been binding. CETA and TPP are both major trade deals that must be fought.

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.