National Newswatch

How the new USMCA strengthens Canada in future trade deals

Oct 21 2018 — Andrew McDougall — Now that the threat of the NAFTA-pocalypse has lifted for Canada, the Monday morning quarter-backing is well under way on whether the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement is better or worse than trade pact that preceded it. But beyond the negative headlines, the USMCA probably leaves Canada stronger than it was going into the negotiations […]

How the new USMCA strengthens Canada in future trade deals

Oct 21 2018 — Andrew McDougall — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland hold a news conference on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Ottawa on Oct. 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang Andrew McDougall, University of Toronto Now that the threat of the NAFTA-pocalypse has lifted for Canada, the Monday […]

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Legal cannabis vs. black market: Can it compete?

Oct 17 2018 — Michael J. Armstrong — The Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational cannabis in Canada brings many challenges. Retailers are now worrying about possible product shortages or web site glitches. Governments are still debating how to handle amnesties, impaired driving, and workplace safety. But legalization day also marks the start of several interesting competitions. Some resemble those in other industries; […]

Legal cannabis vs. black market: Can it compete?

Oct 17 2018 — Michael J. Armstrong — Brian Harriman, Cannabis NB president and CEO, displays some cannabis products at a Cannabis NB retail store in Fredericton, N.B., on Tuesday October 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University The Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational cannabis in Canada brings many challenges. Retailers are now worrying about possible product shortages […]

The winners and losers in the new NAFTA

Oct 1 2018 — Atif Kubursi — NAFTA is out but the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) is in. But how different is USMCA from NAFTA? Who loses and who wins? Canadian negotiators and government officials are singing the praises of the new deal, still subject to approval by U.S. Congress. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the […]

The winners and losers in the new NAFTA

Oct 1 2018 — Atif Kubursi — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland arrive to hold a news conference on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Ottawa on Oct. 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Atif Kubursi, McMaster University NAFTA is out but the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) is in. But how different is USMCA from […]

NAFTA has been replaced, but at what cost to Canada?

Oct 1 2018 — Blayne Haggart — The most remarkable thing in the immediate aftermath of the announcement that Canada and the United States had concluded their North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations is the general relief it seems to be eliciting. Typical of the mood is the contention of the Globe and Mail’s Campbell Clark, who opines that the deal […]

NAFTA has been replaced, but at what cost to Canada?

Oct 1 2018 — Blayne Haggart — NAFTA has been replaced, but at what cost to Canada? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a thumbs up as he arrives on Parliament Hill the morning after an agreement was reached on a new trade deal with Mexico and the U.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang Blayne Haggart, Brock University The most remarkable thing in the […]

NAFTA negotiations: Two’s company, three’s a crowd?

Aug 28 2018 — Drew Fagan — Two’s company, three’s a crowd. The third wheel. There’s no good term for someone who jams a couple, seemingly invited in out of pity. Is that the position Canada finds itself in with the United States and Mexico, brought back in to the negotiations to conclude a new continental trade pact at the 11th hour […]

NAFTA negotiations: Two’s company, three’s a crowd?

Aug 28 2018 — Drew Fagan — The national flags of Canada, from left, the U.S. and Mexico, are lit by stage lights before a news conference at the start of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations in Washington. But Canada’s status is now unsure after the U.S. and Mexico announced progress on a bilateral deal. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Drew Fagan, University […]

Maxime Bernier’s bold move

Aug 23 2018 — Christo Aivalis — Maxime Bernier, the 2017 Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership runner-up, has announced he’s leaving the party to form a truly conservative alternative to Andrew Scheer’s CPC, which Bernier categorized as “intellectually and morally corrupt”

Maxime Bernier’s bold move

Aug 23 2018 — Christo Aivalis — Maxime Bernier announces he will leave the Conservative party during a news conference in Ottawa on Aug. 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Christo Aivalis, University of Toronto Maxime Bernier, the 2017 Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership runner-up, has announced he’s leaving the party to form a truly conservative alternative to Andrew Scheer’s CPC, […]

Is it good for you to be good?

Aug 7 2018 — Thomas Culham — When I was very young, five or six, my parents always told me: “Tommy, be good.” But all I wanted to do was run in the woods, play in puddles, eat fast, swim and have fun. I didn’t have time for manners. Being good seemed always to benefit someone else, not me. Why do I […]