National Newswatch

Canada’s finance ministers meet in Ottawa to discuss trade, competitiveness

Dec 9 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Finance ministers from Canada’s provinces and territories are meeting with their federal counterpart in Ottawa to discuss the country’s economy, competitiveness and trade. Topics will also include the global economy, the Canada Pension Plan, a review of the efficacy of the cannabis tax, and countering tax evasion. The meetings began Sunday night, and will carry […]

Government to pledge $400 million for transport projects in Canada’s North

Nov 19 2018 — Elise von Scheel — The federal government is set to announce funding to help improve the remote roads, airports and bridges of Canada’s North. On Monday, Transport Canada will begin a call for proposals for funding to tackle transportation challenges in the territories The National Trade Corridors Fund will dedicate $2 billion over 11 years to beef up Canadian […]

Scheer urges Liberals to set date for balanced budget

Nov 18 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of breaking promises and robbing future generations, the Conservatives stepped up pressure on the government to release a date for a balanced budget at a news conference on Sunday. Next year isn’t just the federal election; it’s also the year that Trudeau initially promised he’d bring the federal books out […]

Trudeau ‘deeply disappointed’ by cuts to Ontario French services

Nov 18 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s disconcerted by Ontario’s decision to slash French services in the province. “I was deeply disappointed by the decision of the Ontario government to cut services and protections for the francophone minorities in Ontario,” he said at a press conference at the tail end of his trip to Papua New […]

Carbon tax could be coming to the U.S., congressman says

Nov 3 2018 — Elise von Scheel — A price on carbon could be on the to-do list for the incoming U.S. Congress. Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that climate change is a “hoax” (a claim he later retracted) and his assurances that the planet “will change back again,” one congressman tells CBC News there’s a consensus growing in the House of Representatives […]

‘They’re wrong’: Freeland rejects claim USMCA ties Canada’s hands on trade

Oct 20 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that anyone who thinks the new trilateral North American trade agreement limits Canada’s trade sovereignty is misguided. Freeland told Chris Hall, host of CBC Radio’s The House, that the section of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that lays out the rules for making pacts with “non-market” countries won’t limit Canada’s […]

Kentucky governor accuses Canada of using tariffs as a ‘money grab’

Oct 13 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Ask Canadian officials and they’ll say the counter-tariffs Ottawa imposed on American products were a dollar-for-dollar response to U.S. tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum. Kentucky’s Republican governor has his own theory: Canada did it to make money. “People can say it was for tit-for-tat, and maybe arguably so, but it’s a straight up […]

What we know about the new USMCA trade deal

Oct 1 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Unrestricted trade. It’s written into the title of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But as details of the newly renegotiated deal (the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA) emerge, questions remain about what Canada’s signature guarantees in terms of protections, and what concessions were made. As the smoke of heated NAFTA talks clears, here’s a […]