National Newswatch

Canada, U.K. strike transitional post-Brexit trade deal

Nov 21 2020 — Janyce McGregor — Canada and the United Kingdom have reached an interim post-Brexit trade agreement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday. “Now we get to continue to work on a bespoke agreement, a comprehensive agreement, over the coming years that will really maximize our trade opportunities and boost things for everyone,” Trudeau […]

Opposition warns there’s not enough time to vet U.K. trade deal

Nov 21 2020 — Janyce McGregor — As signs emerge that a transitional trade deal between Canada and the U.K. is imminent, Opposition MPs on the Commons trade committee warned Friday they may not be able to pass implementation legislation in time because the Liberal government let the talks drag on too long. Doug Forsyth, Canada’s chief negotiator for the Canada-United Kingdom […]

What to expect on the trade file from a Biden administration

Nov 9 2020 — Janyce McGregor — On the morning of the U.S. election, a Vancouver radio host asked Justin Trudeau what topped his list of cross-border concerns. “Trade,” the prime minister said. “Continuing access to the American market, making sure we’re defending Canadian jobs, defending Canadian workers and ensuring a smooth flow of goods across the border, even in a difficult […]

Business groups warn ‘clock is ticking’ for Canada-U.K. trade deal

Sep 21 2020 — Janyce McGregor — With only three months to go, businesses that trade between Canada and the United Kingdom are worried about not having a post-Brexit deal in place. Although the United Kingdom left the European Union in January, the terms of the EU’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada continue to apply until Dec. 31, offering […]

How new American tariffs on Canadian aluminum could backfire

Jun 24 2020 — Janyce McGregor — If the Trump administration buys the argument that Canadian aluminum exports have surged and slaps a 10 per cent tariff back on products imported from Canada, the move could end up hurting Americans instead, warns the head of the association representing Canada’s aluminum producers. “Canada stands to win more in a situation like this,” said […]

Ontario’s auto sector returns to work under a COVID-19 cloud of doubt

May 23 2020 — Janyce McGregor — Thousands of Ontario auto workers are returning to work this month, resuming their places in the supply chain as the North American industry’s ecosystem slowly wakes from its COVID-19 coma. Their road ahead won’t be easy. Assembly lines face new health and safety concerns. The market they serve is sputtering. And a massive regulatory shift […]