Category Archives: Trade

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

How much change is coming from Washington on trade?

Written on January 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm, by

This is blog was originally published on Talking Trade from the Asian Trade Centre. Talking Trade is written by Dr. Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre, Singapore. In November 2016, she and Carlo Dade, Director of the Centre for Trade & Investment Policy at the Canada West Foundation, co-authored Plan B for Canadian Trade Policy

Fun’s Over: Getting ready for Inauguration and a new U.S. administration

Written on October 31, 2016 at 12:33 pm, by

Less than two weeks until the U.S. election means less than three months until a new president is sworn in and a new administration is born. With Hillary Clinton well ahead in the polls, it is time to move past the schadenfreude of Trump sound bites and begin to prepare for what comes next. So,

Canada’s ‘Plan B’ for trade with Asia fraught with challenges

Written on August 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm, by

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement facing an uncertain future, there are signs the Government of Canada is starting to put together a Plan B for Canadian interests in Asia. The recent announcement by the federal government of a trade agreement feasibility study and the launch of an annual trade policy dialogue with ASEAN (the

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