National Newswatch

Understanding the NAFTA rules of origin negotiations

Aug 17 2017 — — NAFTA’s rules of origin (ROO) are poised to be a key element in the Trump administration’s pursuit of its NAFTA negotiating objectives, including reducing the US goods trade deficit with the other NAFTA parties. The US is seeking to strengthen rules of origin in order to “incentivize the sourcing of goods and materials from the […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Déjà Vu All Over Again

Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark — Hundreds of trade negotiators have descended on Washington this week to ‘modernize’ NAFTA – whether it needs it or not. Tens of millions of jobs in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. depend directly on trade within North America. More than US$1 trillion in annual trade in goods and services is being held for ransom to satisfy irresponsible xenophobic election promises and the beggar thy neighbour initiatives of President Donald J. Trump.

NAFTA 2.0 – Canada’s Wish List

Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark — Canada has jumped into the NAFTA re-negotiation fray with high ambition and a heavy dose of social conscience. Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has finally revealed Canada’s priorities in the negotiations. Canada will not simply accept the U.S. effort to transform the Trans-Pacific Partnership and bits and pieces of the Canada – E.U. Comprehensive Economic […]

Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America

Aug 8 2017 — — On a cloud-swept landscape dotted with grain elevators, a meat producer called Prestage Farms is building a 700,000-square-foot processing plant. The gleaming new factory is both the great hope of Wright County, which voted by a 2-1 margin for Donald Trump, and the victim of one of Trump’s first policy moves, his decision to pull […]