Category Archives: Economy

To get a softwood deal with Trump, Canada should take these 5 messages to Washington

Written on January 20, 2017 at 9:39 am, by

Photo credit: iStock, BasSlabbers Donald Trump officially becomes U.S. president today, and will begin implementing his trade agenda. He comes to office touting his plans for “creating jobs and wealth for American workers.” Canada’s best hope in resolving the escalating softwood lumber dispute is to use this to our advantage. Canada has a very short window

Border Democrats’ turn on NAFTA a reality check for Canada

Written on January 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm, by

As Canadian leaders and policy-makers gather insights to respond to recent political upheaval in the U.S., an interesting trade development below the border early in the new year has so far flown mostly under the radar. Embed from Getty Images   In January, a group of House Democrats who were part of the vocal anti-TPP

New generation of debt-laden farmers must learn lessons from the past

Written on September 14, 2016 at 11:18 am, by

As a part of the Canada West Foundation’s series on debt in agriculture, we asked the farming community to provide its thoughts on the growing level of debt in the industry. This is a guest blog submitted in response to our call for comments and represents the views of the writer. You can read our survey results

Loonie’s rollercoaster year a sign of the times in 2016

Written on August 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm, by

With the decline in oil prices, the falling loonie has had quite the year so far in 2016. In early 2016, the Canadian dollar hit the lowest it has been since 2003, when it closed at 71.02 cents US. As oil prices slowly began climbing, the Canadian dollar did too, reaching 77.55 cents US in June

Let’s tap into the real Alberta Advantage – resilience

Written on July 4, 2016 at 11:47 am, by

Alberta is going through a crisis. Oil prices have fallen substantially, with no imminent recovery, and many people have been laid off. Albertans seem to be at a loss on what to do. Before I started working at the Canada West Foundation, I worked at a museum in Alberta, and I have never been more

Time is ticking on getting a new Softwood Lumber Agreement

Written on June 30, 2016 at 11:31 am, by

President Obama’s address to the House of Commons on Thursday touted the benefits of free trade and the co-operative relationship between the U.S. and Canada. While many of his remarks received thunderous applause, his silence on a major trade dispute that has been flaring up between the two neighbours for centuries was just as deafening. It was