Highlights / USMCA

Economy, International

In wake of USMCA, CP Rail buys Kansas City Southern in historic deal

Two of North America’s largest railroad companies have announced a merger that–if approved by regulators–will connect freight customers in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico on a single network for the first time ever. Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway announced Sunday it »


Prime minister confident of new trade deal with U.K. by year’s end

A post-Brexit trade agreement between Canada and the U.K. will very likely be in place by the end of the year, according Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  Although the United Kingdom left the European Union in January, the terms of the »

International, Politics

Two cabinet ministers among nine barred from meeting with former ambassador

A week to the day before MPs return to Parliament for a speech from the throne that could trigger an election this fall, Canada’s ethics commissioner has delivered a ruling that may — or may not — heap added pressure »

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 ‘concerned’ with U.S. threat of tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he is concerned about reports that Washington is considering reimposing tariffs not only on Canadian aluminum but also possibly steel just as Canada, the United States and Mexico are celebrating the launch of a »

Health, Politics

Canada-U.S border is shutting down

Canada and the U.S. are closing their mutual border in a further attempt to fight the spread of COVID-19. The decision announced today will allow trade to continue, but border crossings and flights for things like vacations are restricted. In »

Economy, Politics

Canada House of Commons suspended temporarily

Canada’s MPs decided to suspend the House of Commons until Monday April 20, this morning due to concerns of the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. The motion to suspend the House of Commons, also allows for the federal »


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 »

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 »

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 »