National Newswatch

International unions do delicate dance in age of Trump

Oct 18 2018 — John Ivison — A column last week made the mistake of saying that Leo Gerard, the Canadian-born international president of the United Steelworkers union attended a ceremony in the Oval Office last March with Donald Trump, where the president signed off on steel and aluminum tariffs. In fact, the pictures of Gerard shaking hands with Trump, and receiving […]

Why the Liberals’ single-minded obsession on free trade with China?

Oct 17 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Never mind whether we can strike a free trade deal with China: should we? Ever since the text of the renegotiated NAFTA was released, attention has focused on its notorious Article 32.10, and whether it precludes Canada from entering into a free trade agreement with an unnamed “non-market country.” Critics claim Canada has been pressed […]

Approaching carbon tax one reason now is a good time for broad-based tax reform

Oct 16 2018 — Andrew Coyne — Attempting to soften up public opinion for the fall economic update, the finance minister has been furiously signalling two contradictory messages. On the one hand, the government will address business concerns at the sudden deterioration of Canada’s position in the competition for international capital in the wake of sweeping U.S. tax reforms put into effect […]

Canadians are suckers. Just look at our oil exports

Oct 15 2018 — Kelly McParland — If you haven’t been reading the business pages, you might not know that Canadian ingenuity has developed a stunning new business model: producing expensive oil and giving it away cheap. The gap between Canadian and U.S. oil is nudging US$50 a barrel. Alberta gets around US$26 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate is in the […]

Whatever concessions Liberals made in NAFTA, there’s plenty more they can’t blame on Trump

Oct 12 2018 — Andrew Coyne — When the revamped, Trumpified NAFTA was first announced, the general reaction here was relief. Disaster had been averted. The agreement had been saved. Maclean’s magazine featured Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on its cover by the headine, “You’re Welcome, Canada.” This was probably overstated. The worst-case scenario for the talks was never that Donald Trump […]

Alberta’s UCP keeps kicking out extremists, but they keep on coming

Oct 11 2018 — Don Braid — The candidate is gone, Odin be praised, but the aroma lingers on. On Thursday the United Conservative Party disqualified nomination candidate Lance Coulter, who had a cheery chat with Soldiers of Odin at an Edmonton nomination event. This is just the latest, and the most serious, of UCP run-ins with candidate hopefuls who appear untroubled […]

Lingering tariffs prove USMCA does not mean trade peace for our time

Oct 11 2018 — — It isn’t the first time the fighting with the Americans has continued after the peace was signed. Two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812, the Americans were victorious in the Battle of New Orleans. In less dramatic fashion, the U.S. is continuing hostilities on the trade front with Canada nearly […]