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Getting a grip on essential medical supplies

Apr 14 2020 — Scott Sinclair — Canadians won a reprieve when the Trump administration and 3M, a leading manufacturer of N-95 respirators, struck a deal allowing the company to continue supplying customers in Canada and Latin America. Trump’s threat to force the company to cease exports to Canada, while disturbing, should not have come as a surprise.

How the ‘New NAFTA’ Will Affect Canadians

Dec 10 2019 — Scott Sinclair — After months of talks, House Democrats and the Trump administration have agreed on revisions to the Canada–U.S.–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) that will likely clear the way for U.S. congressional approval. Although Canada was sidelined in these discussions, the Democrats won some significant improvements to the “New NAFTA” that will benefit Canadians. The biggest change is the […]

Future of USMCA could turn on labour rights

Dec 3 2018 — Scott Sinclair — When Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto sign the USMCA, as they (or their designates) are expected to do this weekend at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, they will take another step on the road to replacing NAFTA. But there is still some distance to go, with uncertainty along the way. Whether […]

Five things to know about the Canadian Free Trade Agreement – Behind the Numbers

Apr 12 2017 — Scott Sinclair — Late last week, federal, provincial and territorial governments jointly celebrated the conclusion of a new internal trade deal they’re calling the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. The CFTA replaces the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), which was completed in 1995 and updated a half-dozen times since to respond to business complaints about its usefulness (to them). […]

What will Trump target in a NAFTA renegotiation?

Jan 26 2017 — Scott Sinclair — On his first full day in office, Donald Trump made good on his pledge to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), effectively killing the deal. The administration will now turn its sights on overhauling NAFTA, which may be more curse than blessing for Canada. Incoming Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a Congressional panel that […]

A trade gamble Canada can’t win

Jan 7 2017 — Scott Sinclair — Like many of you, we were caught off guard by the Trump victory. We are now faced with a right-wing, plutocratic U.S. government championing a nationalism laced with racial and ethnic overtones. Trump’s ugly style of campaigning—especially the scapegoating of immigrants and minorities—is already tainting Canadian politics. Hopefully these tactics will not find fertile ground […]

Ratifying CETA – Easier Said than Done

Jan 6 2016 — Scott Sinclair — The majority of Canadians never supported former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s aggressive brand of neoconservativism. In the October election, they were determined to unite behind the opposition party with the best chance of defeating the Conservatives. This desire for change coalesced around Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, who surged from third-party status to form a majority government. […]

Scott Sinclair Five reasons to defend supply management from the TPP

Oct 6 2015 — Scott Sinclair — The supply management system for Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers has come under sustained attack by conservative economists, big agribusinesses and foreign governments, who would like to see these sectors fully liberalized, putatively in the interest of the “consumer.” The attacks become especially fiery around trade negotiations like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), since Canada’s […]

Election campaign no time to conclude Pacific trade deal

Sep 30 2015 — Scott Sinclair — The Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations this week. Trade ministers, including Canada’s Ed Fast, have been summoned to Atlanta for what is intended to be a final session. The participation of Fast will be controversial back in Canada, where a federal election campaign is […]

How German Opposition Could Sink a Major Canadian Trade Pact

Jun 20 2014 — Scott Sinclair — Could the CETA founder in Europe? After many delays, the CETA text could be finalized by negotiators within weeks. But in Europe, a messy fight over its ratification is just beginning. Germany, in particular, is in the midst of a lively public debate over another economic treaty, the EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). […]

Ten questions about the CETA

Oct 21 2013 — Scott Sinclair — After weeks of rumours, it’s now official: the CETA talks have produced an “agreement-in-principle”.   This proposed treaty is about far more than simply trade.  It is a constitutional-style document that affects patent protection for drugs, foreign investor rights, local government purchasing, public interest regulation and many other matters that are normally decided by elected legislatures […]