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Liberals table legislation to ratify Trans-Pacific free trade deal

The Liberal government introduced legislation Thursday to ratify a free trade deal with 10 other Pacific nations that it claims would see Canada get preferential access to some of the biggest and fastest growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region. The »

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Pacific nations agree on ‘core elements’ of new TPP trade deal

Canada and the 10 other Trans-Pacific Partnership countries reached an agreement on Friday on “core elements” of the free trade pact, pledging to adhere to strict labour and environment standards, hours after the talks nearly collapsed earlier in the day. »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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International trade and President-elect Trump

During his campaign U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly said he would either scrap or renegotiate international trade deals. This includes deals like the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement among Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership »

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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 »

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Dairy farmers bring cows and tractors to protest in Ottawa

Dairy farmers from Quebec and Ontario convened on Parliament Hill this morning with their tractors and cows causing mayhem in Ottawa traffic. Over 2,000 people from Quebec, and 1,000 from Ontario gathered in another protest rally demanding tighter oversight of cross-border »

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Trudeau showcases Canada’s trade and diverse economy in U.S. speech

Strong middle class and green industries are the backbones of a strong North American economy, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, addressing about 200 business leaders in Washington D.C. Trudeau, who is in the U.S. capital to attend the »

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Canada signs Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in New Zealand

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in a ceremony in New Zealand. Signing the free trade agreement is in Canada’s interest even if the Liberal government doesn’t ratify the deal in the end, Freeland said. Speaking »