National Newswatch

Government triggers NAFTA Chapter 19 over punitive U.S. import duties

Jan 19 2018 — — The federal government has filed requests for panel reviews under NAFTA Chapter 19 to appeal final U.S. decisions to impose duties on imports of Bombardier C Series aircraft and softwood lumber from Canada. The notices follow the U.S. Department of Commerce’s plans to impose duty rates of nearly 300 per cent on future imports of […]

Finnish company raises red flags over federal negotiations for Davie icebreakers

Jan 19 2018 — — A Finnish company has raised red flags over the Trudeau government’s decision to launch negotiations with Quebec shipyard Davie for the lease of four icebreakers without conducting a competition. Helsinki-based Arctia Ltd. says it had expected a formal bidding process after the federal government asked shipowners in late 2016 to provide information about the icebreakers […]

Liberals’ two-year infrastructure plan set to take five: documents

Jan 19 2018 — — Internal documents say the first tranche of spending in the Liberal government’s infrastructure program may take three years longer than expected to complete. The Liberals had originally hoped to have cities and provinces complete $5.4 billion in transit and water system work by this March, but quickly realized that more time was needed.

Sea King helicopters finally ready for full retirement on the East Coast

Jan 19 2018 — — Three geriatric military aircraft flew in formation above Halifax harbour Friday, marking the long-overdue retirement of the 54-year-old East Coast Sea King fleet. Several journalists were taken for a ride to record the flight, which comes one week before the helicopters end their operational duties on the East Coast at 12 Wing Shearwater. The Sea […]

Rise in duty-free allowance could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs

Jan 19 2018 — — A new study commissioned by the Retail Council of Canada says an increase in the duty-free allowance for cross-border shopping would lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses and cut billions of dollars from the Canadian economy. The PwC study comes as U.S. lawmakers push for Canada to increase the duty-free allowance from $20 […]

U.S. tax reforms could hurt Canada more than NAFTA pullout: business groups

Jan 19 2018 — — Business associations are warning that substantial tax changes in the U.S. could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than would the possible termination of the North American Free Trade Agreement. While NAFTA’s uncertain future remains a top concern for two of the country’s biggest business lobby groups, they say much of their […]

Trudeau to push economic ties with February trip to California and Chicago

Jan 19 2018 — — As the North American Free Trade Agreement hangs in the balance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit three major American cities next month to stress deeper economic collaboration between the two countries. Trudeau, who is bound for the World Economic Forum in Switzerland next week, will visit Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago from February […]

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales hit record high in November

Jan 19 2018 — — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 3.4 per cent to a record high of $55.5 billion in November. The agency says the gain was mainly due to higher sales in the transportation equipment, petroleum and coal product and chemical industries. It says 12 of 21 industries, representing 81 per cent of the manufacturing sector, gained […]

EpiPen to treat life-threatening allergic reaction in short supply

Jan 19 2018 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Canadian distributor of the EpiPen says there is a shortage of one size of the emergency treatment for people at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions. Pfizer Canada says there is a shortage of the 0.3-milligram form of the EpiPen because of a manufacturing disruption. The 0.15-mg EpiPen Jr product for young children is not affected. The company anticipates the shortfall in supply will be resolved […]

NAFTA uncertainty could be pausing business investment in Canada, Morneau says

Jan 19 2018 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Bill Morneau says he understands the uncertainty surrounding NAFTA might be causing some companies to hesitate in making investment decisions. The federal finance minister made the comments today when asked about the Bank of Canada's warning this week that elevated uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive down investment in Canada. Central bank governor Stephen Poloz […]

Pat Sorbara out as co-chair of Ontario Liberals’ 2018 election campaign

Jan 18 2018 — — Premier Kathleen Wynne says Pat Sorbara will not be the managing co-chair of the Ontario Liberals’ 2018 election campaign. “Pat Sorbara will not be joining the campaign team,” Wynne said in a statement Thursday evening. “However, I will continue to count upon her personal friendship.” Sorbara, who was also Wynne’s deputy chief of staff, was […]

Alberta’s Notley offers pointed advice to next Saskatchewan premier

Jan 18 2018 — — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has some advice for the next leader of Saskatchewan: handle the economy differently than the government has under current premier Brad Wall. The governing Saskatchewan Party is to choose a new leader later this month to replace Wall, who announced last summer that he was leaving politics. Wall rose to national […]

Federal government looks to lease icebreakers from Quebec shipyard Davie

Jan 18 2018 — — The federal government will launch negotiations Friday for the lease of four icebreakers from Davie, the Quebec shipyard at the centre of the RCMP’s investigation against suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The surprise move follows growing concerns about the coast guard’s aging icebreaker fleet, which were highlighted earlier this month when mechanical problems kept the service […]