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Canada will defend Canadians doing business in Cuba, says Freeland

Canada will “fully defend” the interests of Canadian companies in Cuba, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday after the Trump administration announced that it will allow lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties the Communist government seized from Americans after the 1959» 

International

Canada will work for smooth Brexit, Trudeau tells Tusk

Canada will do its part to ensure a smooth transition as Britain exits the European Union, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told President of the European Council Donald Tusk Wednesday, according to a readout of their conversation released by the Prime» 

Economy, International, Politics

Canada and EU celebrate one year of free trade despite lingering opposition

Canada and the European Union marked the one year anniversary of a free trade pact that despite lingering opposition has led to a healthy growth in trade between the two, officials in Ottawa and Brussels said. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive» 

Economy, International, Politics

Canada to join Mexico, Japan, South Korea and the EU in auto tariff talks

Officials from Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico and South Korea will meet in Geneva on Tuesday to discuss a unified response to threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on U.S. imports of a quarter-trillion dollars worth» 

Economy, International, Politics

Apparent EU-U.S. trade war truce ‘positive news’ for Canada: experts

The easing of trade tensions between the European Union and the United States signalled by an apparent agreement between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday is good news for Canada, say Canadian officials and» 

Economy, International, Politics

Canada hits back at U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs with $16.6B countermeasures

Canada is countering “a very bad” move by the Trump administration to slap punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs of its own on everything on from steel products to playing cards and ball point pens.» 

Economy, International, Politics

CETA to form basis for post-Brexit trade relationship between U.K. and Canada: Trudeau and May

Canada’s free trade deal with the European Union will form the basis for the post-Brexit economic relationship between Canada and the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his British counterpart Theresa May said Monday. The two leaders also said» 

International, Politics

Canada takes part in EU meeting on Arctic policy, touts CETA

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was in Finland on Thursday to participate in an European Union high-level meeting focused on Arctic environmental challenges and sustainable development. But Freeland also used her trip to northern Europe to lobby for faster ratification of» 

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Public input vs. the secrecy of free trade talks

The citizens advocacy group the Council of Canadians is decrying the ongoing secrecy of new international free trade talks. Highly secret talks were held in the past two weeks with China, and with TPP nations. In addition, the Council’s concerns» 

Economy, International, Politics

Free trade deal with EU to bring ‘modest’ gains for Canada: budget watchdog

Canada’s free trade agreement with the European Union designed to diversify its trade away from its overwhelming dependence on the United States will produce “modest” economic gains for the country’s economy, according to the latest report by the Parliamentary Budget»