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Canada Free Trade Agreement: 150 Years in the Making

When the fathers of Confederation came together in Charlottetown in 1864 to establish what would be the founding principals of modern Canada, they laid out what powers the provinces would manage under this new binding agreement. As such, internal trade it turns out, was bestowed as a provincial power and as such, each province established its own rules for the trade of goods, services and human resources thus creating a somewhat mash up of someti...

Small Relief for Canadian Pulse Industry

Canada’s pulse producers are a little less stressed thanks to a temporary understanding between Canada and India over a dispute that had threatened to bring all shipments of pulses to India to a halt. India is the world’s largest market for pulses and it just so happens that Canada is one of its largest suppliers. The Indian government’s Farm Ministry has extended an exemption by three months. This exemption allows commodity imports , s...

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...

A World of Trade Without the U.S. ?

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was once hailed as a ground breaking trade agreement between 12 nations coming together with a vision of prosperity and a true global market. Sure, it had its faults and wasn’t perfect, but the TPP was the result of years of negotiations and seemed to be heading towards implementation by its various partners. Then came the 2017 Presidential elections and the somewhat surprising victory of a protectionist Repu...