National Newswatch

A Moment Gone

Nov 22 2017 — Glen Pearson — It was 54 years ago today that the news emerged from the speaker in my Grade 7 class in Calgary that American president John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed. School was promptly cancelled, leaving us all to head home in a kind of stunned silence, only to see our devastated parents huddled around […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Is Hope a Sound Negotiating Strategy?

Nov 21 2017 — Peter Clark — MEXICO CITY – Why have I put the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations on Deathwatch? Why not wait a bit longer? Passage of tax legislation may change the negotiating environment. Congress is on our side. Why declare a Deathwatch? From the outset Canada’s and Mexico’s best option was to hope for the best and prepare for the […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Is Hope a Sound Negotiating Strategy?

Nov 21 2017 — Peter Clark — MEXICO CITY – Why have I put the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations on Deathwatch? Why not wait a bit longer? Passage of tax legislation may change the negotiating environment. Congress is on our side. Why declare a Deathwatch? From the outset Canada’s and Mexico’s best option was to hope for the best and prepare for the […]

NAFTA 2.0 – The negotiators are not playing pinochle

Nov 20 2017 — Peter Clark — MEXICO CITY – It is very misleading to describe Round Five of the NAFTA 2.0 rebalancing negotiations in Mexico City as quiet or slow. The TV camera ambush at the bottom of the stairs from the main negotiating floor was abandoned for much of Sunday. They are back at their posts but how often does […]

NAFTA 2.0 – The negotiators are not playing pinochle

Nov 20 2017 — Peter Clark — MEXICO CITY – It is very misleading to describe Round Five of the NAFTA 2.0 rebalancing negotiations in Mexico City as quiet or slow. The TV camera ambush at the bottom of the stairs from the main negotiating floor was abandoned for much of Sunday. They are back at their posts but how often does the […]

NAFTA 2.0: Poison Ivy and Silver Bullets

Nov 19 2017 — — MEXICO CITY – Round Five of the NAFTA re-balancing negotiations has launched in Mexico City. Don’t hold your breath waiting for significant breakthroughs. The talks are bogged down in poison pills and inflexibility. The battleground moved last week to Da Nang, Vietnam, a venue which has been conflict free for more than 40 years from […]

NAFTA 2.0: Poison Ivy and Silver Bullets

Nov 19 2017 — Peter Clark — MEXICO CITY – Round Five of the NAFTA re-balancing negotiations has launched in Mexico City. Don’t hold your breath waiting for significant breakthroughs. The talks are bogged down in poison pills and inflexibility. The battleground moved last week to Da Nang, Vietnam, a venue which has been conflict free for more than 40 years from what […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Deathwatch: Counting the days

Nov 18 2017 — Peter Clark — MEXICO CITY – Ambassador Robert Lighthizer added some spice to an otherwise boring Day 1 of Round Five by filing an updated report to Congress on the Administration’s negotiating objectives for NAFTA 2.0. There is not much change from the July 17, 2017 report which we analyzed here. The negotiations on Procurement and Automotive Rules […]

NAFTA 2.0 – Deathwatch: Counting the days

Nov 18 2017 — Peter Clark — MEXICO CITY – Ambassador Robert Lighthizer added some spice to an otherwise boring Day 1 of Round Five by filing an updated report to Congress on the Administration’s negotiating objectives for NAFTA 2.0. There is not much change from the July 17, 2017 report which we analyzed here. The negotiations on Procurement and Automotive Rules of Origin […]

U.S. Lumber Duties Will Hurt Communities Across North America

Nov 17 2017 — Duane Woods — This past week the United States Department of Commerce released its long-awaited determination on new duties to be imposed on Canadian softwood lumber imports.  This bad news represents the latest and most tangible iteration of the Trump administration’s protectionist America-first trade policies. The practical effect: additional duties up to 23.76% would be imposed on Canadian […]