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Trump’s Commerce Pick Signals Plan to Launch Nafta Talks Early

Jan 18 2017 — — Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement will be a priority for Donald Trump’s administration, his nominee for commerce secretary said, signaling new talks with Canada and Mexico will begin swiftly after Friday’s inauguration. Wilbur Ross, speaking Wednesday during a confirmation hearing in Washington, said the trade pact is “logically the first thing for us […]

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Trudeau Ditches Davos and Moderates His Message for Trump Era

Jan 18 2017 — Josh Wingrove — Justin Trudeau swept to power in Canada as, among other things, a pro-trade feminist pledging an influx of refugees and a renewed global agenda. Now, with voter unrest upending the Western world and Donald Trump days away from power, the prime minister is changing tack. Trudeau has quietly and steadily refined his approach since the […]

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Morneau Said to Eye Canadian Budget Cushion Amid Trump Risks

Jan 17 2017 — Josh Wingrove — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is considering reintroducing a risk cushion as he prepares Canada’s next federal budget amid economic uncertainty driven in part by the Trump administration, according to people familiar with his plans. Canada’s budget has typically included wiggle room, either by using low-ball growth forecasts or by actually budgeting a line-item cushion. Prime […]

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Take Time Selling Canada to Trump, Departing Envoy Tells Trudeau

Jan 16 2017 — Theophilos Argitis — President Barack Obama’s outgoing envoy to Canada has some guidance for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in dealing with the new Trump administration: Don’t assume anything. “If I was going to give one piece of advice,” U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman said in an interview with Bloomberg, it would be that “whenever you are working on a […]

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Trump Wants to Hold Summit With Putin in Iceland: Sunday Times

Jan 15 2017 — — Donald Trump’s advisers have told U.K. officials that the incoming president’s first foreign trip will be a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, potentially in Reykjavik within weeks of taking office, the Sunday Times reported. Trump plans to begin working on a deal to limit nuclear weapons, the newspaper said, without providing details. It cited […]

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Trump Team Signals Auto Border Tax Could Also Hit Canada

Jan 13 2017 — Greg Quinn — The Trump administration is signaling Canada could face the same retaliatory trade measures as Mexico, in what would be an even bigger disruption to automakers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. Asked whether an auto border tax could impact Canada, President-elect Donald Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, told reporters their policy isn’t […]

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Making Canada’s Economy Great Again Won’t Be Easy Under Trump

Jan 13 2017 — Greg Quinn — The biggest risk to Canada’s economic outlook is likely the U.S. president-elect. Economists, and policy makers, are predicting Canada’s economy will finally emerge from two years of oil-shock pain to return to potential this year. Yet, the rise of Donald Trump to power and the threat of protectionism is keeping people from getting too optimistic. […]

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Trudeau to Defend Muslims, Tout Immigration to Trump

Jan 12 2017 — Josh Wingrove — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will speak up in defense of Muslims, immigration and feminism in talks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Trudeau typically avoids direct critiques of Trump, instead pledging to work with any occupant of the White House. He confirmed early Thursday his officials have met with Trump’s team in a bid […]

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Hard-right French politician Marine Le Pen spotted at Trump Tower

Jan 12 2017 — — French National Front leader Marine Le Pen was spotted at Trump Tower during an unannounced visit to New York less than four months before France’s presidential election. An aide to Le Pen, who leads in the latest opinion poll for the presidency, declined to comment on her reason for being in the lobby of the […]

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Trudeau’s Finance Chief Will Get Good Pre-Budget News This Week

Jan 11 2017 — Theophilos Argitis — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will hold his pre-budget meeting with private sector economists Friday, where he’ll be told that an improving economy will help stabilize Canada’s finances. The finance department’s survey of economists will paint a picture of national income and revenue that is almost exactly what was expected in the Nov. 1 fiscal plan, […]

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NFL Blitzes Trudeau in Arcane Super Bowl Advertising Dispute

Jan 9 2017 — Josh Wingrove — The Super Bowl always comes with a dose of Canadian grumbling. The U.S. ads synonymous with television’s premiere event have long been blocked north of the border, riling viewers who are force-fed local ads instead. This year, that’s set to change after a populist ruling cleared the way for Budweiser Clydesdales to trot onto Canadian […]

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Canada Rules Out Arctic Oil Drilling Extensions for Exxon and BP

Jan 6 2017 — Josh Wingrove — The Canadian government says it won’t grant extensions to exploration licenses for Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc and other oil firms as it prepares for consultations over the impact of an Arctic drilling moratorium. The companies hold leases that expire over the next six years, totaling C$1.9 billion ($1.4 billion) in bids. Prime Minister Justin […]

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China Media Warn Trump of ‘Big Sticks’ If He Seeks Trade War

Jan 5 2017 — — Chinese state media warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that he’ll be met with “big sticks” if he tries to ignite a trade war or further strain ties. “There are flowers around the gate of China’s Ministry of Commerce, but there are also big sticks hidden inside the door — they both await Americans,” the Communist […]

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Carbon Tax Means Alberta Drivers No Longer Pay Cheapest at Pump

Jan 5 2017 — — For decades, drivers in the Canadian oil-producing province of Alberta filled up their cars and pickups with the cheapest gasoline in the country. Not any more. A provincial carbon tax of 4.49 cents a liter went into effect in the new year that makes Alberta the third-cheapest province to buy gasoline. The fuel averaged C$1.11 […]