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Economy, International, Politics

WTO panel says Canada ‘wronged’ in softwood lumber dispute with U.S.

The long-running Canada-U.S. dispute over softwood lumber–a dispute that first arose in 1982–has taken another turn. Ottawa and Washington have been arguing about the $22-billion a year industry that employs an estimated 200,000 people in Canada for nearly 40 years »

Economy, International, Politics

Trudeau cancels visit with U.S. and Mexican leaders

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not travel to Washington to attend a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador marking the launch of the new North American trade deal, his office said on Monday. »

Economy, International, Politics

New North American trade deal launches amid tariff threats

The revamped free trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico came into effect on Wednesday as Canadians celebrated the country’s 153rd anniversary but gathering clouds threaten to dampen the mood in Ottawa, Washington and Mexico City. “After three »

International, Politics

Trudeau discusses new NAFTA ratification with Trump

Prime Minister Justin spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump Friday to discuss the ratification of the new free trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico, according to a readout of their phone call released by the Prime Minister’s »

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Liberals will table USMCA legislation next week

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will move next week to formally approve the new North American trade agreement. Speaking in Winnipeg as the three-day Liberal cabinet retreat was wrapping up, Trudeau said the government will introduce a motion next »

International, Politics

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico sign ‘infinitely better’ revised free trade deal

More than a year after they first put their signatures on the dotted line, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed a revised version of the new free trade deal that now has the backing of Congressional Democrats and thus a »

Economy, Health, International, Politics, Society

Washington USMCA talks appear to heat up

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says she and her American and Mexican counterparts are determined to push their new trade agreement, known officially as the USMCA and unofficially as the new NAFTA, “across the finish line.” Freeland made the comments »

International

Pompeo congratulates Champagne and Freeland on their new appointments

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement Thursday congratulating Canada’s newly-minted Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland with their new roles. The two ministers were sworn in Wednesday as the Liberals began their »

Economy, International

Canadian lumber industry celebrates NAFTA panel ruling

Canada’s lumber industry is celebrating an apparent win in the ongoing trade dispute with the U.S. after a binational NAFTA panel ruled there were insufficient grounds for the U.S. International Trade Commission to determine that Canadian softwood lumber products had »

Economy, International, Society

Canada’s ambassador to Washington is stepping away

David MacNaughton is resigning as Canada’s ambassador to the United States, effective at the end of the month. In a statement on Thursday, MacNaughton, who helped guide Canada through difficult NAFTA regnotiations, called the decision “bittersweet.” “Serving as Canada’s ambassador in »