Trump’s America actually has a trade surplus with Canada

By Naomi Christensen Published in Maclean’s September 2017 The U.S. trade deficit is a major reason President Donald Trump promised to renegotiate trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). There is near unanimous consent among economists that tying trade deficits or surpluses to trade talks is either baffling or just plain stupid, but this has

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Key dates this fall in softwood lumber dispute

This spring, the U.S. slapped countervailing duties on its imports of Canadian softwood lumber, followed by anti-dumping tariffs. As August winds down, Canadian exporters are getting a brief reprieve, but the trade dispute is not over. Below is a brief update with some of the key softwood dates this fall: August 25 The preliminary countervailing duties

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TPP11 is Canada’s chance to get a trade deal with Japan

Despite the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), the largest trade deal in history hasn’t disappeared. In fact, Japan and New Zealand have already formally ratified the deal – now the TPP11 – and other signatories are looking to do the same. Canada should follow suit, if for no other reason

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In NAFTA talks, Canada has some cards to play (but not the ones you might think)

One interesting side effect of the tsunami of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiation coverage for the “trade commentariati” is that it’s been better than LinkedIn for catching up with old colleagues, figuring out who has changed jobs, retired or come out of retirement to start commenting. Yes, there is that much coverage, which

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TIMELINE: NAFTA negotiations

On May 18, 2017, the Trump Administration submitted to U.S. Congress the notification of intent to enter into negotiations, triggering NAFTA talks. Here’s what you need to know about potential timelines for the talks. The three timeline scenarios represent various negotiation lengths. There have been some reports of the intent to finish negotiations by year’s end,

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How to enforce the oilsands emissions limit – command and control or market-based mechanisms?

On June 16th, the Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) publicly released its report providing advice to the Alberta Government on implementing the oilsands emissions limit. Part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the oilsands emission limit restricts greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the oilsands sector to 100 megatonnes (MT). The report’s recommendations can be grouped broadly

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