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Highlights/free trade

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» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, Health, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

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» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics

Major trade deal, TPP- not quite dead

US President-elect Donald Trump has loudly denounced international trade deals and said the US would not be signing the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Many thought that with that announcement the deal would be dead. But several nations have said» 

Economy, International, Politics

Liberals introduce legislation to ratify free trade deal with Ukraine

Fresh on the heels of signing a landmark free trade agreement with the European Union, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced legislation to implement a far less controversial free trade deal with Ukraine. “We are one step» 

Economy, International, Politics

Anti-free trade sentiment increases

Even before the debate over the Canada- EU free trade deal (CETA), Canada’s largest private sector trade union had come out strongly against another such deal. Unifor (Union for Canada) represents some 310,000 workers in Canada. It has been campaigning»