National Newswatch

NAFTA 2.0 – Frontal attack on Canadian and Mexican Sovereignty

Oct 16 2017 — Peter Clark — Civil Society is fond of grumbling about trade negotiations infringing on national sovereignty. Until NAFTA 2.0 they have been wrong. Total rebalancing of NAFTA to benefit the U.S. makes their concerns very real. The key U.S. demands are a frontal attack on Canadian and Mexican sovereignty. The pace of meetings has slowed down. The two meeting […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Opening Pandora’s Box

Oct 13 2017 — Peter Clark — PENTAGON CITY, VA – Friday the thirteenth has been a bad day for Canadian trade negotiators. POTUS is on a roll – the builder of magnificent (if garish) buildings should never be allowed to play with the wrecking ball or the explosives. In the last few days he has: pulled the U.S. out of the […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Are its days numbered?

Oct 12 2017 — Peter Clark — PENTAGON CITY, VA – The Trump Administration is taking the gloves off. Were they ever on? President Trump told Fortune that a breakdown and pulling the plug was necessary to fix NAFTA. I was taught that trade negotiations were exercises in good faith. This rule does not apply in the world according to President Trump. […]

Bombardier Blitzed

Sep 27 2017 — Peter Clark — The NAFTA 2.0 negotiators are dealing with trade remedies this week. These disciplines on trade are more commonly known as safeguards, anti-dumping and countervailing duties. The first shoe has dropped in the Boeing–Bombardier trade remedies saga focusing real-time attention on the trade remedies warriors and reinforcing the importance to Canada of maintaining access to judicial review […]

NAFTA 2.0 – A Glimpse of the Detail

Sep 25 2017 — Peter Clark — Day 2, Sunday – was a beautiful sunny day for the NAFTA re-negotiators. Not much happening so far. Indeed, little can happen before Ministers arrive to give their blessing to the “warp speed” efforts of the professionals labouring on the floor above us. The press corps is anxiously hoping for nuggets from the smiling, tight-lipped […]

NAFTA 2.0 – From the Halls of Montezuma

Sep 4 2017 — Peter Clark — This week’s round of NAFTA renegotiation talks is occurring in Mexico City’s Grand Hyatt close by the Chapultepec Park, the site of the Famous Battle of the U.S. Marine hymn – the Halls of Montezuma. Notwithstanding the rumours, the battles inside the Hyatt have not reached military scale – or even fisticuffs. Any real news […]

Not what the Donald ordered

Aug 17 2017 — Peter Clark — I’m off to Washington for round one of the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations. There may be some minimal harvesting of low-hanging fruit this week. President Trump wants more, of course. He needs something to distract from the daily disintegration of his administration. NAFTA must be demolished and rebuilt to his design — or perhaps just scrapped […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Déjà Vu All Over Again

Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark — Hundreds of trade negotiators have descended on Washington this week to ‘modernize’ NAFTA – whether it needs it or not. Tens of millions of jobs in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. depend directly on trade within North America. More than US$1 trillion in annual trade in goods and services is being held for ransom to satisfy irresponsible xenophobic election promises and the beggar thy neighbour initiatives of President Donald J. Trump.

NAFTA 2.0 – Canada’s Wish List

Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark — Canada has jumped into the NAFTA re-negotiation fray with high ambition and a heavy dose of social conscience. Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has finally revealed Canada’s priorities in the negotiations. Canada will not simply accept the U.S. effort to transform the Trans-Pacific Partnership and bits and pieces of the Canada – E.U. Comprehensive Economic […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Canada’s Wish List

Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark — Canada has jumped into the NAFTA re-negotiation fray with high ambition and a heavy dose of social conscience. Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has finally revealed Canada’s priorities in the negotiations. Canada will not simply accept the U.S. effort to transform the Trans-Pacific Partnership and bits and pieces of the Canada – E.U. Comprehensive Economic […]

Mutually Assured Trade Devastation

Mar 2 2017 — Peter Clark — Yesterday, President Trump tabled his 2017 Trade Agenda.  If it is put into effect, Canada may find it more difficult to exercise our WTO rights. The United States’ determination to change its tax system — in ways which could seriously impact Canada — makes the WTO challenge system more important than ever. I am frequently […]