National Newswatch

International trade in 2019: getting worse before it gets better

Jan 1 2019 — Janyce McGregor — No question, 2018 was a stunning and often frustrating year for everyone engaged in international trade. Now, 2019 seems to be looking at all that conflict and disruption and saying, “Hold my eggnog.” CBC News asked Canadian and American researchers, lecturers, lawyers and business advocates what they expect the new year to bring. Here’s some […]

Why Canada raced to get in on the CPTPP trade deal

Dec 30 2018 — Janyce McGregor — The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 11-country Asia-Pacific trade agreement revived after being abandoned by the Americans, takes effect today. Agrifood exporters and consumers shopping for Japanese cars could benefit right away. But Canada’s greater goals for this agreement are strategic. “Right now, things are a bit sensitive with the United States,” said Brian […]

International trade in 2018: making sense of a ‘tarrifying’ year

Dec 28 2018 — Janyce McGregor — CBC News surveyed a dozen Canadian and American researchers, lecturers, lawyers and business advocates to sum up this complicated and often frustrating year in international trade. Here are a few highlights from what they shared with us. What was the biggest surprise? “The fact that Donald Trump carried through with steel and aluminum tariffs,” said […]

Canada quietly concludes additional auto talks with Japan

Dec 15 2018 — Janyce McGregor — Canada and Japan have agreed to additional trade rules on motor vehicle safety and environmental standards, according to a side letter tabled in the House of Commons Tuesday. The new measures take effect with the rest of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade deal on Dec. 30. North American auto manufacturers — Fiat […]

Premiers vent over climate ‘goal posts’ and internal trade at first ministers meeting

Dec 7 2018 — Janyce McGregor — The federal-provincial bluster leading up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s fourth first ministers meeting didn’t translate into any dramatic showdowns. But as the talks wrapped up in Montreal Friday, it became clear the tension didn’t lend itself to any tangible progress, either. Several days of public bickering over the agenda, including a threat from Ontario […]

Canadian dairy processors quietly awarded benefits from new CPTPP imports

Dec 5 2018 — Janyce McGregor — While the dairy industry was warning about concessions forced upon Canada in the new North American free trade deal text last week, the federal government quietly awarded Canadian dairy processors almost exclusive rights to import nearly all of the dairy products set to arrive soon from countries like New Zealand under the new Comprehensive and […]

Confusion abounds over plans to sign NAFTA’s replacement on Friday

Nov 29 2018 — Janyce McGregor — As the clock continues to count down to a Friday signing ceremony for the revised North American trade agreement, the Canadian government still has not confirmed that it’s actually taking part. Mexico’s chief trade negotiator, Kenneth Smith Ramos, said on Twitter Thursday morning that he was on his way to Buenos Aires, Argentina to participate […]

Trudeau says government ‘still in discussions’ with U.S. on USMCA signing

Nov 28 2018 — Janyce McGregor — With roughly three hours to go before boarding a flight to Argentina for a meeting of G20 leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this afternoon Canada is “still in discussions with the Americans” about signing the revised North American trade agreement at the summit. At a White House press briefing Tuesday, Donald Trump’s economic adviser […]

With three days to go until signing ceremony, USMCA text still not final

Nov 27 2018 — Janyce McGregor — Three days away from the target date for all three countries to officially sign the revised North American trade agreement, Canada and the United States are still haggling over what the deal actually says. An annex on duties Canada imposes on U.S. dairy, egg and poultry products that was posted online by the Trump administration […]

‘Striking’ APEC confrontation causes uncertainty ahead of G20

Nov 19 2018 — Janyce McGregor — The opening photo call at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit Saturday turned out to be a useful roadmap for what unfolded in Papua New Guinea’s capital this past weekend. Front and centre in the shot: Xi Jinping. Stiff and straight, offering an authoritarian smile. Maybe it was the alphabet that put the Chinese president […]

APEC talks conclude without communique amid U.S.-China trade tensions

Nov 18 2018 — Janyce McGregor — Leaders have left the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Papua New Guinea without coming to a consensus on a final communique to describe what was agreed to at their talks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a late afternoon news conference in Port Moresby that when he left the summit, it appeared to be issuing only […]

Trudeau and Chinese premier reveal progress, even without formal trade talks

Nov 14 2018 — Janyce McGregor — Canada may not be in comprehensive trade negotiations with China, but a laundry list of outcomes from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hour-long meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday hints at what may be accomplished even without official talks. Canada also hopes to start official negotiations on a trade agreement with the Association of […]