National Newswatch

Trump isn’t the only one who needs a better NAFTA deal

May 21 2017 — Adam Taylor — Last week, as expected, newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate NAFTA. Under American trade laws, a minimum of 90 days must be provided to Congressional lawmakers. Lighthizer’s notice means NAFTA talks could begin as early as mid-August. So what does this mean for Canadian interests? […]

A trade Trumpocalypse? Maybe not

Nov 10 2016 — Adam Taylor — With Donald Trump now the president-elect, Canada’s lawmakers, businesses, workers and citizens are all rightly wondering what that means for us as a key ally, neighbour and number-one trading partner of the United States. While a change between Democrat and Republican administrations always raises such questions, this time is very different, particularly on the trade […]

Trade is where Stephen meets Justin

Nov 2 2015 — Adam Taylor — As prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepare for their official exchange of power, an interesting development on the international trade front has both inextricably linked. Put simply, they need each other. Harper built a reputation for maintaining a tight grip of control over his government and its policies during nearly a […]

We had to be at the TPP table, even during an election

Oct 5 2015 — Adam Taylor — Back in August, the Privy Council Office issued a bulletin entitled “Guidelines on the Conduct of Ministers, Ministers of State, Exempt Staff and Public Servants During an Election.” The document notes that during a writ period, a sitting government and its ministers should only undertake routine activities that don’t bind future governments. It also states […]

Everybody relax. Campaign 2015 hasn’t even started yet.

Aug 26 2015 — Adam Taylor — A recent road trip took me through five Canadian provinces — Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. It turned out to be an eye-opening education in how Canada’s political culture changes completely the moment you step away from Parliament Hill. While official Ottawa is consumed with all things Duffy, Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau and […]

Five things to watch for in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

May 27 2015 — Adam Taylor — It first surfaced a decade ago as an idea to boost trade in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. The original incarnation of what is now known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) had just four countries in its membership back in 2005. Membership has now swelled to 12 countries — including Canada and the U.S. […]