China Brief | Edition 1

      Edition 1: China-U.S. chest-thumping on trade, what it means for Canada’s soy, pork, peas and other products, and what Heritage Minister Joly came home with after her recent trip to China.  Quote of the week “The reality is, there’s no other country in the world where government-to-government relationships are so important to business opportunities.”

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PODCAST | What the West? 010: Between two giants

China and the U.S. are diving deep in to a trade war, with no signs of turning back. As our two largest trading partners beat their chests at each other, where does that leave Canada? In this episode, Sarah Pittman sits down with two China experts to talk about Canada’s place between the two giants

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BLOG | Why Canadian producers will be squeezed in the China-U.S. soybean spat

China’s proposed 25 per cent tariff on soybean imports from the U.S. will affect more than just the American Midwest soybean growers the tariff is targeting. This latest development in the U.S.-China trade war will also hit western Canada’s soy producers. This week, China took aim at U.S. soybeans, and other goods, to retaliate against

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Trump’s trade war isn’t just about U.S. going after China – and that’s why Canada should be worried

With the U.S. imposition of tariffs on Canadian newsprint coming on top of threatened tariffs on steel and lack of resolution of the softwood lumber dispute, some in Canada are starting to wonder if we are in a trade war with the U.S. The answer is no. Our trade spats with the U.S. are far

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PODCAST | 009: The one with a bobsled

Welcome to a special, Olympics-sized episode of What the West. In this episode, we fling ourselves headfirst into the debate over whether Calgary should bid for the 2026 Winter Games. And then, we fling ourselves down the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park. Canada West Foundation….we have a bobsled team? Let’s face it, Calgary is an

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PODCAST | What the West? 008: How not to freak out over NAFTA

In the latest episode of What the West? we dive into the turbulent world of NAFTA negotiations – and provide some guidance for small businesses wondering what happens next. The next round of NAFTA talks take place later this month in Mexico. Talks so far have lurched from apprehension to optimism and back again. Western

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