Category Archives: Trade

Market diversification is Canada’s best defence in softwood dispute

Written on March 24, 2017 at 9:42 am, by

This week’s federal budget promised Ottawa is working “towards a new softwood lumber trade agreement that will be fair and helpful to consumers and businesses on both sides of the border (pdf).” However, the budget contains few measures directed at the industry in the likely event that a new agreement is not reached before the U.S.

PODCAST | A new path for a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Written on March 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm, by

For the Canada West Foundation’s inaugural podcast, communications manager Jamie Gradon talks to Carlo Dade, Trade & Investment Centre director, about the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the U.S.    

Premier Wall’s trip to Iowa a smart move for Saskatchewan

Written on March 15, 2017 at 9:34 am, by

Canada’s close geographic proximity and long-standing preferential trading relationship with the U.S. can no longer be taken for granted. With the new U.S. administration’s “America First” trade agenda and its intention to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), it is more crucial now than ever for both Ottawa and the provinces to advance

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