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Economy, International, Politics, Society

Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland continues trip to Washington

Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, continues her trip to Washington in the wake of last weekend’s verbal attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by U.S. President Donald Trump following the G7 meeting near Quebec City. 0n Thursday, Freeland met briefly» 

Economy, International, Society

Trump eschews Canadian visit, disappointing very few

U.S. presidents have been visiting Canada since 1923 when Warren G. Harding made the leap across the 49th parallel. And since the Franklin Roosevelt Admnistraion, only two–Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter–have failed to come at all. Make that three. U.S.» 

Economy, International, Society

Bank of Canada stands pat on interest rate

The Bank of Canada on Wednesday postponed a hike in its trend-setting interest rate following two rate hikes since July. The rate, which remains at 1 per cent, plays a primary role in what retail banks offer their customers on» 

Economy, International

Trudeau and former Mexican congressman differ on meaning of Trump vows

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to play down possible trade disputes with the United States, a former Mexican congressman sees things differently. On Wednesday, Trudeau dismissed concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump’s projected America-first trade policies, saying U.S. officials» 

International, Politics, Society

Noted nationalist and author Mel Hurtig dead at 84

Mel Hurtig, a prolific writer and ardent Canadian nationalist, has died at the age of 84. Surrounded by his four daughters, Hurtig passed away Wednesday of pneumonia at a Vancouver hospital. Likely best known as the publisher of “The Canadian» 

International, Politics

Trudeau welcomes Obama for North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto in Ottawa Wednesday as the three North American leaders prepare to kick off the so-called Three Amigos Summit. “Good to see you,” Obama said to Trudeau as the two shook hands at the National Gallery» 

Economy, International, Politics

Free trade has restructured corporate sector, slowed growth, raised inequality, says economist

Free trade agreements have little to do with freedom, says economist Jordan Brennan. “It’s led to the radical restructurinng in the corporate sector, which has slowed growth…and exacerbated inequality.” Brennan’s conclusions in his study “Ascent of Giants: NAFTA, Corporate Power» 

Economy, International, Politics

20th anniversary of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

January 1, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the coming into effect of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It had been signed and then negotiated by the governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico “creating the largest free»