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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.

A $13 Billion Reason to Support the South Korean Free Trade Agreement

Mark Milke | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

By design, free trade agreements tear down the protectionist walls propping up status quo producers. However, even those producers -- at least those who reform, will also find a newfound ability to thrive given increased access to markets with tens of millions, or hundreds of millions, of potential new customers. All of this benefits consumers, most obviously when expensive tariffs on their choices, from Korean cars to Canadian beef, are eliminated.

Harper Open To Renegotiating NAFTA

CP | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Business

VANCOUVER -- With the ink still wet on a free-trade deal with South Korea, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada would be willing to reopen the No...

Latest Hot Trend In Washington? Dissing NAFTA

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - There's been lots of talk this week from the U.S. administration about NAFTA's shortcomings and the ways it can be fixed.Make no mistake:...

Althia Raj

Amigos Again?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Will a few days in Mexico City be enough time for Stephen Harper to thaw years of frosty relations between Canada and Mexico? The prim...

Obama Trade Secretary Sparks NAFTA Renegotiation Confusion

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - A controversial six-year-old campaign promise by Barack Obama to renegotiate NAFTA made a re-appearance Tuesday.The president's trade sec...

Canada-Mexico Relationship Called 'Stagnant'

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - He felt the love in Israel, but when Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in Mexico later this month, he'll be met by an undercurrent of res...

NAFTA's Biggest Winner Is..

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Ross Perot may have had it right after all about who would win under NAFTA.The North American Free Trade Deal was an important step for all t...

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.

Ontario Will Pay, Literally, for Harper's New Canada-EU Deal

Stuart Trew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Stuart Trew

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said her government would support the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) -- with conditions. The province should be compensated by the federal government, said the Premier, for an expected nine-figure increase in drug costs, as well as the effect of subsidized European cheese imports on local dairy farmers and possible hardship at Ontario wineries. Think about that for a second. The feds will hand money over to Ontario, who will in turn hand much of it over to pharmaceutical giants.

Lose the Double Standard Around Foreign Investment in Canada

Yves Engler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

Should the "right" of a foreign corporation to make a profit trump governments' attempts to create local jobs, improve environmental regulations or establish laws that raise royalty rates? Most Canadians would say no. But that's what the Conservative government is pushing poor countries to accept if they want Canadian investment.

No Fracking Way: How Companies Sue Canada to Get More Resources

Ilana Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ilana Solomon

It's time that governments stop signing trade and investment pacts that put the rights of corporations above the rights of communities and the environment. My right to clean water, clean air, and a healthy planet for my family and community has to come before Lone Pine's right to mine and profit... doesn't it?

Drug Maker's Lawsuit Against Canada A Controversial First

CBC | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Business

Eli Lilly is accusing Canada of violating its obligations to foreign investors under the North American Free Trade Agreement by allowing its courts to...

Petition: Pharma Giant Suing Canada ‘For Not Making Enough Profit'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Business

A U.S.-based pharma giant’s threat to sue Canada for $500 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has prompted activist groups...

Canadian Doublespeak and Corporate Power

Mark Taliano | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada
Mark Taliano

Corporate empowerment deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the as yet unratified Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA), a bilateral agreement with China, empower corporations to the extent that government legislation becomes subordinated to corporate profits. There are ways to combat this, but it will not be easy.

The $3.6 Billion Extra Canadians Are Paying for Goods

Mark Milke | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Whenever Canadians cross the border, it is inevitable they will find cheaper goods in the United States. There is a reason that helps explain part of the price differences: $3.6 billion in customs tariffs. All consumers would benefit from more competition and an end to anti-consumer tariffs. But more importantly, low-income Canadians would benefit the most.

How Harper's Nexen Deal Deceived Canadians

Maude Barlow | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

On December 7, Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved the first two complete takeovers of Canadian-owned energy firms by foreign state-owned companies in our country's history. The Prime Minister used sleight of hand to trick Canadians into thinking these were "exceptional" cases, to be repeated only cautiously in the future. He appeared to close the door to ownership of the tar sands by companies controlled by foreign governments. But he didn't close it at all. He left it wide open and signaled to China, Malaysia and other countries that Canada's strategic energy resources were entirely for sale, not just to the highest bidder but to any bidder at all.

Are We Trading Away Our Rights and Environment?

David Suzuki | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Because countries often have differing political and economic systems, agreements are needed to protect those invested in trade. Canada has signed numerous deals. Treaties, agreements and organizations to help settle disputes may be necessary, but they often favour the interests of business over citizens.

There's Nothing Fair About Canada-China Trade

Diane Francis | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Last week, a casualty of China's unfair treatment of foreign investors spoke privately about the new trade deal signed between Ottawa and Beijing. Ottawa capitulated to China on everything. The deal, using a hockey metaphor, allows only a select few to play on Team Canada on a small patch of ice in China and to be fouled, without remedies or referees.

Mulroney: My Free Trade Deal Created 'Millions' Of Jobs

CBC | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Business

On the 25th anniversary of the Canada/U.S. Free Trade Agreement, Brian Mulroney says the deal continues to reap rewards for Canada on the internationa...

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Change Canada

Christopher Sands | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent announcements of trade talks with various Asian countries, joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a more important strategic victory for Canada. Bargaining alongside the United States, Canada can get concessions from other countries it couldn't get alone. And as a TPP member, Canada can better safeguard its relationship and hard-won market access to the United States than if it was excluded.

Before You Blame the Oil Sands, Look at the Facts

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 08.05.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

As a Liberal candidate during the 2011 federal election, many people insisted that I take a firm stand against Alberta's oil sands. I simply wouldn't do that. I urged voters to think about what they were asking me to do. Why were people ready to insist on such a radical and destructive position when they had very few facts at their disposal?

Two U.S. Oil Companies Beat Canada In NAFTA Case

CP | Posted 06.01.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA -- Two U.S. oil companies have won their complaint against the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, which they challenged under a provision o...

Mexico: Nice Place to Visit but Wouldn't Want to Trade There

Christopher Sands | Posted 02.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Holiday parties gave me the opportunity to talk to Washingtonians about Canada, and the most frequent question this year is not about the Keystone XL pipeline, but about Canadian attitudes about Mexico. Why is Canada so hostile to U.S. attempts to address problems trilaterally?