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Economy, International, Politics

General Motors workers on strike over jobs- NAFTA blamed

Almost 3,000 workers at a GM manufacturing plant in Ontario walked off the job on Sunday over concerns about the future of their jobs. Even as trade talks continue among Canada, the U.S, and Mexico regarding the North American Free» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Society, Work & Labour

TPP free trade: opposition from Canadians?

TPP talks continue this week in Australia As the Canadian government continued it’s process of free trade talks known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it had embarked on a public consultation process.   Part of that involved an ability for citizens» 

Economy, International, Politics

Potentially contentious free trade talks underway

Prior to his election, U.S. President Donald Trump roundly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The deal involves Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. He has since ordered a re-negotiation and the first five-day round of the those talks» 

Environment, International, Politics

Trudeau discusses climate change and economic ties with Chinese and Indian leaders

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on the phone with his Chinese and Indian counterparts yesterday to discuss continued efforts to combat climate change, develop clean energy technologies and promote trade, according the Prime Minister’s Office. In his conversation with Indian» 

Economy, International, Politics

Canada ready to bring NAFTA into 21st century, Freeland

Canada is ready to work with the United States and Mexico to bring the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement up to 21st century standards, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday. Her comments came after U.S. President Donald Trump’s» 

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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» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics, Society, Work & Labour

Lumber wars: Duties and penalties as tactics

The cards are stacked- H Nelson Late Monday, the United States announced it would impose immediate countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports of up to 24 percent.  It also said the duties were retroactive to imports of 90 days» 

Economy, International, Politics

Most Canadians ‘uncomfortable’ with prospect of free trade with China

Almost nine out of 10 Canadians are uncomfortable with the idea of deepening economic ties with China, and two-thirds want the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tie any future trade deal with Beijing to progress in human» 

Economy, International, Politics, Work & Labour

Unifor president: NAFTA, other free trade deals need renegotiating

“We’ve lost over a half million manufacturing jobs in Ontario alone” J Dias, Pres. Unifor The president of one of Canada’s biggest trade unions says the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA,  needs to be renegotiated. Jerry Dias president of»