National Newswatch

Canada to seek NAFTA dispute resolution panel on U.S. softwood lumber duties

Nov 14 2017 — — Canada is launching a challenge under the North American Free Trade Agreement against recently announced U.S. duties against Canadian softwood lumber imports. The Canadian government filed a formal notice on Tuesday of intent to request the establishment of a binational panel under NAFTA to review the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent final determination on countervailing […]

Federal report outlines hopes, skepticism on free trade with China

Nov 12 2017 — — A sweeping federal report shows that Canadian businesses aren’t sure a free trade pact will solve all the concerns they have about dealing with China. The newly released report summarizes the issues that more than 600 businesses, academics and civil society groups believed must be resolved before Canada signs a free trade deal with China. […]

Trudeau in Manila to pursue deeper trade, security ties in Asia-Pacific

Nov 12 2017 — — Justin Trudeau landed in the Philippines on Sunday with the goal of raising Canada’s profile in the Asia-Pacific region, especially on security issues and trade. This week, Trudeau will become the first sitting Canadian prime minister to participate in the annual East Asia Summit and is the only one who’s ever been invited, his office […]

How Canada turned to Mexico to fend off TPP pressure from Japan, Australia

Nov 11 2017 — — From the outside, it looked like yet another bilateral meeting between Justin Trudeau and his continental ally, Enrique Pena Nieto, on the sidelines of yet another leaders’ summit. But this time, the Canadian prime minister had a somewhat atypical agenda for his face-to-face chat with the Mexican president. Trudeau and Pena Nieto, who have built […]

‘We weren’t ready’: Trudeau defends Canada’s actions on TPP

Nov 11 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canada’s actions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, asserting the country simply was not ready to put pen to paper on a final agreement because of lingering concerns around culture and the automotive sector. “We weren’t ready to close it yesterday,” Trudeau told reporters at the closing news conference for the […]

Trans-Pacific Trade Partners Are Moving On, Without the U.S.

Nov 11 2017 — — President Trump shook up the world economic order this year by pulling the United States out of a major international trade pact and raising fundamental questions about its global role. Today, the world is moving on without it. A group of 11 countries have committed to resurrecting a sweeping multinational trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, […]

Trudeau embrace of TPP could hurt tough NAFTA talks with Trump: experts

Nov 10 2017 — — It was Justin Trudeau’s most Harperesque moment — opting not to go along just to get along with 10 other Pacific Rim nations determined to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vietnam. Earlier this week, the prime minister hit the brakes on throwing Canada’s full support behind the proposed “TPP 11,” a salvage of the larger […]

TPP partners reach agreement on ‘core elements’ of Pacific trade deal, Canada says

Nov 10 2017 — John Paul Tasker — The 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have reached an agreement on “core elements” of the trade pact, namely that all countries will adhere to strict labour and environment standards, a development Canada is championing as a major breakthrough after talks broke down earlier Friday. The original TPP, which is currently under renegotiation after U.S. President Donald […]

Pacific Nations Get TPP Framework to Salvage a Deal Trump Quit

Nov 10 2017 — — A blockbuster Pacific trade pact abandoned by U.S. President Donald Trump has edged closer to becoming reality after days of tense talks in Vietnam. Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said the 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership had secured a framework agreement on how to salvage the deal. Canada, which had held out for […]

No deal: How the TPP talks collapsed

Nov 10 2017 — — The future of TPP has been thrown into doubt after Canada’s sudden refusal to attend the final leaders’ meeting in Danang, Vietnam, which was then cancelled. The 10 other leaders including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern turned up expecting Canada to be present at 8pm NZ time. Instead they found Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, holding […]

Canada trumpets progress on elements of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nov 10 2017 — — An agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership appeared to inch closer to reality late Friday after a frenetic, confusing day of talks and media reports that bluntly blamed Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for helping to scuttle a scheduled meeting of leaders to discuss the Pacific Rim trade pact. International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe […]

Washington’s No. 1 economic priority is tax cuts, not NAFTA

Nov 10 2017 — — A U.S. lawmaker dropped a remark this week that illustrated how NAFTA is not the No. 1 economic priority in Washington these days, obscured by another paramount prerogative. That issue is tax cuts. As America’s neighbours wonder whether the U.S. Congress might take a strong public stand against the cancellation of the three-country, free-trade agreement, […]