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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 […]

Dairy imports off to a slow start in Pacific Rim trade deal

Jun 29 2019 — Janyce McGregor — As dairy, egg and poultry farmers wait for the Liberal government to explain the details of a $3.9 billion compensation package promised in this spring’s federal budget, a serious threat from imports under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has yet to emerge. Tariff cuts began phasing in on Dec.30 in the Pacific Rim […]

Senate enables ‘extremely hasty bill’ to change trade rules

Jun 23 2019 — Janyce McGregor — On the day the Senate rushed through legislation to temporarily suspend one of Canada’s international trade obligations — citing fears of as-yet-unspecified “surges” — Donald Trump sat beside Justin Trudeau and said the current trade situation for North American steel is “very well taken care of.” C-101 cleared the House of Commons thanks to a […]

Bill Morneau’s hasty bill to protect the steel industry carries risks

Jun 7 2019 — Janyce McGregor — The broad political support greasing the wheels of C-101, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s new legislation to change Canada’s trade safeguard rules, may obscure the calculated risk the Liberal government is taking with its strategy to protect the steel industry. Despite the long list of other bills awaiting passage before this Parliament dissolves — including last […]

NAFTA bill lets Trudeau cabinet wait and see what U.S. Congress does

May 28 2019 — Janyce McGregor — Strategic legislative drafting may allow the Trudeau government to pass an implementation bill for the revised North American trade agreement next month — while still leaving Canada the flexibility to respond if the U.S. Congress changes the deal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave the government’s notice on Monday and the House of Commons passed a […]

Canada reveals final trade safeguards for heavy plate, stainless steel wire

May 10 2019 — Janyce McGregor — The Canadian Border Services Agency announced Friday the final ‘safeguard’ surtaxes meant to shield the domestic steel industry from competition from cheaper foreign imports of heavy plate and stainless steel wire. Canada’s steel producers had been hoping the federal government would protect its market for other kinds of steel as well. But the Canadian International […]

Morneau continues trade action on 2 foreign steel products, drops it for 5 others

Apr 27 2019 — Janyce McGregor — Only two kinds of foreign steel imports, heavy plate and stainless steel wire, will continue to face trade remedies to protect Canada’s steel industry, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Friday. His decision on final safeguards follows the advice of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, which earlier this month found no justification to continue a surtax […]

The federal budget bill can’t actually ‘free the beer’

Apr 24 2019 — Janyce McGregor — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this year’s budget bill does what the Harper government could never do over ten years in office — it “frees the beer.” There’s just one problem with that claim: only the provinces can free the beer (or wine, or spirits). And most of them haven’t — including Premier Doug Ford’s […]

New NAFTA could add $62B to U.S. GDP, boost jobs, Congress told

Apr 18 2019 — Janyce McGregor — The case for ratifying the revised North American trade agreement got a boost Thursday with the release of a new analysis by the U.S. International Trade Commission that predicted economic gains for all three partners if its changes are implemented. “In light of the size of the U.S. economy relative to the size of the […]