National Newswatch

High level NAFTA preparation meetings set for Ottawa on Wednesday

Aug 7 2018 — Katie Simpson — Canada’s ambassador to Washington will be in Ottawa Wednesday for a series of high level discussions with Canadian officials to prepare for the resumption of NAFTA negotiations. David MacNaughton is expected to sit down with members of the Prime Minister’s Office — including Chief of Staff Katie Telford — and trade officials to discuss strategy […]

U.S., Australia undermining China’s trading relationship with Canada, ambassador suggests

Jul 10 2018 — Katie Simpson — China is keen to launch formal free trade talks with Canada, but its envoy to Ottawa suggests that Canada’s own allies could be souring the relationship. During an hour-long interview with CBC News conducted Monday through an independent Mandarin translator, China’s ambassador to Canada accused the United States and Australia of smearing China’s reputation. “I […]

Trump’s lumber tariffs make home ownership too expensive for more than a million Americans

Jun 22 2018 — Katie Simpson — One of Donald Trump’s protectionist “America first” policies is partly to blame for making home ownership too costly for more than one million Americans. According to the U.S.-based National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), American tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber have caused housing prices in the United States to jump by an average of $9,000 […]

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 […]