National Newswatch

China among WTO members backing Canada’s alternate trade dispute scheme

Jan 24 2020 — Janyce McGregor — As the U.S. continues to paralyze the World Trade Organization’s system for appealing trade disputes, 17 members of the trade organization announced Friday they will collaborate on an alternative initiated by Canada and the European Union to resolve complaints that emerge between them in the meantime. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the […]

Economic ministers miss caucus meetings to attend Davos forum

Jan 23 2020 — Janyce McGregor — As the Liberal caucus meets on Parliament Hill Thursday to plot strategy for the return of the House of Commons, three ministers with economic portfolios are attending events at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, instead. Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains paired up with Ajay Banga, the CEO of Mastercard, Thursday morning […]

As U.S. threatens retaliation over digital taxes, Canada waits for OECD talks

Jan 23 2020 — Janyce McGregor — As the U.S. continues to threaten other countries with retaliation if they proceed with a digital services tax, Canada’s trade minister says the question of how to ensure profitable search engines, social media platforms and online retailers pay their fair share can only be tackled on a multilateral basis. France is preparing to target internet […]

Hustle or slow walk? Timing of new NAFTA now up to Canada

Jan 17 2020 — Janyce McGregor — U.S. President Donald Trump and his trade representative Robert Lighthizer called the shots many times during the renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement. But one final question is completely out of the Americans’ hands: how soon will Canada ratify? “All eyes will be on Canada to get the job done quickly so we […]

‘Yahoo!’: Calgary MP’s organ donor bill gets second life in new year

Jan 3 2020 — Janyce McGregor — Conservative Len Webber thought he’d spend his winter lobbying fellow MPs for help with reviving a private member’s bill that nearly became law in the last Parliament. Instead, luck (or maybe more than luck) smiled on him, and now he’s guaranteed debate time for his organ donation bill this February. The Calgary MP arrived late […]

Are 2020’s tax changes ‘significant’ or ‘a wash’?

Dec 31 2019 — Janyce McGregor — When Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced a motion earlier this month to keep the Liberals’ election pledge to cut income taxes for the middle class, he called the measure “significant” and said it would impact 20 million Canadians. But most Canadians would have to have to study their pay stubs very closely after Jan. 1 […]

Finance quietly halts change in tax rules for stock options

Dec 20 2019 — Janyce McGregor — Finance Canada quietly announced Thursday that changes to the way the federal government taxes employee stock options will not come into effect on Jan. 1 after all. After hearing from affected businesses, the Trudeau government said in an unexpected late afternoon press release that it will include revised plans in the 2020 budget. Under current […]

Now that Brexit’s a go, how about that Canada-U.K. trade deal?

Dec 14 2019 — Janyce McGregor — Thursday’s U.K. election might have settled the question of whether Brexit will proceed, but it didn’t settle how it will work, so trade partners such as Canada aren’t any farther ahead. When the mandate letter for Canada’s new minister of small business, export promotion and international trade was published on Friday morning, it didn’t list […]

NAFTA 2.1: The changes Democrats (and Canada) settled on

Dec 11 2019 — Janyce McGregor — Canada has again joined Mexico and the U.S. to sign on to the final — and this time they really mean final, apparently — text to improve the North American free trade agreement. Mexico was the target of most of the revisions and concessions that Congressional Democrats were looking for, in return for letting the […]

New NAFTA deal set to land after flurry of last-minute changes

Dec 9 2019 — Janyce McGregor — The long wait for ratification of the revised North American trade agreement appears to be nearly over, with word that congressional Democrats may be satisfied with the text of changes proposed by Donald Trump’s trade representative and circulated over the weekend. The Associated Press reported Monday that a tentative agreement had been reached with influential […]

Third federal election recount to proceed in Quebec City riding

Nov 1 2019 — Janyce McGregor — A request from the Bloc Québécois for a recount in a Quebec City riding was granted in Quebec Superior Court on Friday. Judicial recounts will now be held in three ridings, following allegations of discrepancies in the results of the Oct. 21 federal election. In the riding of Quebec, Liberal candidate Jean-Yves Duclos was re-elected […]

Andrew Scheer’s experience in the insurance industry: ‘6 or 7 months’

Sep 30 2019 — Janyce McGregor — Online bio says Conservative leader was a ‘broker,’ but Scheer said Monday others finalized transactions. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has talked for years about his private sector experience as an insurance broker, but under questioning Monday, he admitted he only worked in the industry for “six or seven months.” CBC News asked him exactly how […]

Canada rejects calls to end trade talks despite Brazil’s stand on Amazon

Aug 27 2019 — Janyce McGregor — International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr’s office says Canada will continue its trade negotiations with Mercosur, the South American trading bloc that includes Brazil, despite demands to call a halt to the talks until more action is taken to protect the Amazon rainforest. On Friday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called on the Trudeau government to […]