National Newswatch

NAFTA talks reach make-or-break point

May 6 2018 — Katie Simpson — NAFTA negotiators are nearing the end of the runway. Observers tracking the ups and downs of these intense trade talks say that if Canada, the United States and Mexico can’t get something on paper over the next few weeks, negotiations could easily drag on into 2019.

Canada and U.S. clash over sunset clause in ‘forceful’ NAFTA talks

Apr 25 2018 — Katie Simpson — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her American counterpart in the NAFTA talks had a “fairly forceful” exchange of views Tuesday over the American side’s demand for a sunset clause, a source tells CBC News. A senior source with direct knowledge of the situation said tensions emerged when Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer […]

Lobbying commissioner asked to investigate Facebook

Apr 22 2018 — Katie Simpson — Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner is being asked to investigate whether Facebook is following the rules when it comes to lobbying the government. In a letter sent to Commissioner Nancy Bélanger on Friday, NDP MP Charlie Angus questioned whether the social media giant is finding ways around the rules, especially the rules that require it to register […]

Kent Hehr will attend sexual harassment workshop at Liberal convention

Apr 18 2018 — Katie Simpson — Jullie Lalonde is not afraid of uncomfortable conversations. As a public educator, she embraces them for the teachable moments they offer. That’s why she invited Liberal MP Kent Hehr — who quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet earlier this year over sexual harassment allegations — to one of two workshops on sexual harassment she’s hosting […]

Next round of NAFTA talks on hold in lieu of ministerial meeting

Apr 5 2018 — Katie Simpson — The next formal round of NAFTA talks has been put on hold, in lieu of a series of high-level political meetings in Washington. The U.S. side had been expected to host the eighth round of trade talks as early as this Sunday, in Washington, but a source with direct knowledge of the situation told CBC […]

Trade dispute with U.S. over paper products to end in Canada’s favour

Mar 23 2018 — Katie Simpson — A years long trade dispute with the U.S. over Canadian paper products used for magazines and newspaper supplements is coming to an end in Canada’s favour. Canadian producers of supercalendered paper could get millions of dollars in refunds after a U.S. company decided to drop its complaint alleging unfair subsidies north of the border. This […]

Trudeau says Canada will not be ‘bowled over’ by U.S. in NAFTA talksd

Mar 14 2018 — Katie Simpson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today Canada will not be “bowled over” by the United States at the NAFTA negotiating table, offering new insights into the ongoing trade talks. Justin Trudeau made the comment to a steel worker in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as he greeted employees arriving at the local factory’s morning shift. Workers […]

Canada just lost a key ally in the Trump administration in Rex Tillerson

Mar 13 2018 — Katie Simpson — Mike Pompeo is U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the new Secretary of State — and Canada is not likely to be at the top of Pompeo’s priority list. The planned meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and ongoing tensions with Russia over election interference are clearly going to be far […]

Time crunch looms over seventh round of NAFTA talks

Feb 25 2018 — Katie Simpson — NAFTA negotiators are hoping to pick up where they left off in Montreal in January and make more progress behind the scenes in Mexico City this week. But if that progress is going to be meaningful, observers warn the talks are going to need to move faster than they have in the past. The political […]

eBay CEO expected to push Trudeau on duty threshold

Feb 8 2018 — Katie Simpson — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits down with eBay CEO Devin Wenig in San Francisco on Thursday, there is one divisive issue that is expected to come up. The online sales giant has been pushing Canada to boost its de minimis threshold — the value of goods Canadians can bring into Canada without incurring duties […]

Trudeau to meet with Amazon, eBay CEOs on 4-day U.S. trip

Feb 7 2018 — Katie Simpson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is gearing up for four days of critical meetings with lawmakers and business leaders as he heads out on yet another trade and investment mission to the U.S. But Trudeau has one closed-door discussion planned that’s certain to get more attention than the rest. On Thursday, he will be meeting with […]