National Newswatch

A winning formula? China invests in Canadian dairy to help feed its baby boom

Aug 2 2017 — Janyce McGregor — Donald Trump called Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector a “disgrace.” Indeed, Canada’s strict system of production quotas, import restrictions and price and quality controls is a perennial target for free traders. But guess who likes it? The biggest market Canada is wooing right now: China. Supply management is a big reason why a Chinese corporation is […]

Canada gives in to EU concerns, revises plan for European cheese imports

Aug 1 2017 — Janyce McGregor — Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne has disappointed Canada’s dairy industry with a reworked plan for how nearly 18,000 tonnes of European cheeses will be imported once Canada-EU trade deal takes effect in September. A much-anticipated announcement came Tuesday on how Canada will allocate tariff rate quota (TRQ) for 16,000 tonnes of fine cheese and 1,700 tonnes […]

Trump administration reveals goals ahead of NAFTA talks with Canada, Mexico

Jul 17 2017 — Janyce McGregor — United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has released his negotiating objectives ahead of talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement next month, and several will pose problems for Canada at the bargaining table. In an 18-page summary released Monday, the USTR outlines how the U.S. will seek to eliminate NAFTA’s Chapter 19 dispute […]

5 things to watch as U.S. reveals its NAFTA objectives

Jul 16 2017 — Janyce McGregor — Monday marks an important milestone on the road to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Thirty days before formal talks begin, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s office must publish his negotiating objectives, laying out the Trump administration’s plan for reaching a beneficial deal. Under the terms of Congress’s 2015 trade promotion authority (TPA) […]

G20 leaders steel themselves for Trump’s next trade move

Jul 8 2017 — Janyce McGregor — Of all the issues testing the mettle of G20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany this weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to put new tariffs on steel imports to protect national security may be the strangest. If the logic put forward by countries like Canada prevails, his threats may also be empty. Or not. Who can […]

Canada’s trade deal with itself now in effect, as EU deal waits

Jul 2 2017 — Janyce McGregor — July 1 was supposed to be not only Canada’s 150th birthday, but the day that two wide-ranging — and interrelated — trade deals kick in. Canada’s agreement with the EU has stalled, but a domestic deal covering trade in goods and services between provinces is still on. “This agreement is the most ambitious trade deal […]

More trouble for Canada-EU trade deal, as drug changes delay implementation

Jun 28 2017 — Janyce McGregor — Canada’s goal to see its trade agreement with the European Union take flight this summer now appears grounded by a second series of concerns, this time from the pharmaceutical industry. The concerns, which at first seemed to impose only minor delays, now appear significant enough to require engagement at the highest levels on both sides […]

2nd wave of softwood lumber duties sets up ‘dangerous’ talks for Canada

Jun 22 2017 — Janyce McGregor — The other shoe is set to drop for softwood lumber producers Friday as the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to reveal preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian imports. Combine this with the retroactive countervailing duties announced in April, and the already-high stakes for trade negotiations between Canada and the United States may rise again. Regardless of […]

In current climate, selling trade deals means selling the social benefits

Jun 17 2017 — Janyce McGregor — If someone took a sip of Belgian brew Hoegaarden every time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel used the word “progressive” to describe Canada’s trade deal with the European Union Friday, that glass would have been drained by the end of their press conference. After a meeting on Parliament HIll, Trudeau […]

U.S. trade commission votes to proceed with Bombardier investigation

Jun 9 2017 — Janyce McGregor — The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to continue its investigations into the trade practices of Bombardier Inc. Its U.S. competitor, Boeing, filed a petition with the USITC in April asking it to consider anti-dumping and countervailing duties against Bombardier’s CSeries passenger aircraft. The decision follows hearings on the case held last month. A preliminary […]