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Canada Signs New Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine

In early July 2016, the Government of Canada signed a new free trade agreement with Ukraine, setting the cornerstone for better standing bilateral relations and mostly, creating exciting new opportunities for businesses in both countries. The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) is presently in the hands of the respective law makers of both governments in order to follow through on domestic implementation processes. Like many other free...

Canada’s New Free Trade Era

Canada is preparing to enter a new era of unprecedented free trade involving countries from the Pacific-Asia region, the Americas and Europe. Stakeholders and various government departments are taking steps ahead of the implementation of the different agreements – those in the industry who haven't yet started analyzing how they'll be affected by the agreements should consider starting now. Steps Towards a New Trade Regime The Comprehensive Ec...

CETA on Track for Implementation

The road to the implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been quite a long one, but one senior European Union politician is hopeful to see it come into effect according to schedule, sometime in 2017. The hopeful EU politician in question is Bernd Lange, chair of the European Parliament’s trade committee who made his comment while visiting Ottawa and Montreal during a series of meetings...

Canada bends on TPP trademark infringement extension

In a recent opinion piece on the TPP written by former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and published in the Globe and Mail, Balsillie shares his views on how Canada failed to set its own IP policy and continuously caved in to foreign pressures, namely from the United States. “Canada’s prosperity strategies for the past 30 years were dominated by the production principle of comparative advantage and trade liberalization. Unfortunately, this approa...

CETA, China, India and Softwood: Busy day for international trade committee

Government lawyers have been hard at work scrubbing away at details related to the Canada-European Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), and Steve Verheul, Canada’s chief negotiator, has just advised the House of Commons international trade committee that the legal scrub is “virtually complete”. Verheul also mentioned to the committee members that the current timeline would allow for CETA to be implemented in early 2017. “...