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Canada-China Trade Deal: Small First Steps

If Canada were to enter into talks regarding a potential free trade agreement with China, it wants a “progressive” which would include chapters on human rights and labour standards says Canada’s new ambassador to China, John McCallum. Formal talks haven’t started between the two countries but Ottawa has been holding a round of exploratory consultations. “We have to do this with our eyes open,” mentioned McCallum in a recent intervi...

Avoiding Brexit Cliff-Edge: Canada in Seduce Mode with U.K.

When Canada first entered talks with the European Union to build what would become the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the U.K. was still at the table, it was a pre-Brexit era. Times have changed and unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you’ll know that Brexit is now a reality that has shaken up the EU. Canada, keeping CETA in mind, wants to avoid becoming an indirect casualty for the U.K’s depa...

Tough Talk, Big Changes Ahead in NAFTA Talks

It’s well known that President Trump isn’t a big fan of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Renegotiating the agreement – or breaking it – was a key element in Trump’s electoral campaign and now, with the power of the U.S. economy in his hands, the President is now in a position to dictate the agenda. The most recent development is that NAFTA negotiations probably won’t start until late 2017, might last a year and will include se...

Tariffs on Canadian Softwood Would Harm U.S. Workers

'America First' is the ideology behind President Trump's approach to foreign affairs, especially when it comes to trade it seems, but there might be a small backlash to the protectionist ways of the Donald: a leading American voice for free trade has recently admitted that imposing import tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber would end up hurting U.S. workers in the end. Oups. The U.S. National Association of Home Builders is warning that duties...

Trudeau: U.S. Customs Agents to Respect Canadian Law in Pre-Clearance

Following a 2015 agreement between Canada and the United States, Prime Minister Trudeau’s government has introduced legislation that would give more leeway to U.S. border agents based in Canada to question and search people heading down south. With Donald Trump's move into the White House, many critics up in Canada, are now afraid that American authorities may abuse their powers granted on Canadian soil. Trudeau quick to reassure The Prime Mi...