PODCAST | What the West? 012: Talking about talking about carbon taxes

In this episode, we’re talking about talking about carbon taxes. What do people know about carbon taxes? What do they think about them? What is it like talking about them across the political divide? Host Nick Martin talks with Mark Cameron from Canadians for Clean Prosperity, former policy director for Prime Minister Harper and a

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PODCAST | What the West? 011: Come for the budgets, stay for the rap

Brace yourself – it’s budget season. Here in the West, which province actually balanced its books? Where is the debt-to-GDP ratio highest? Who is lighting up the ledgers with legal pot sales? And about that carbon tax… In this episode, we dive into the provincial budgets of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. And, spoiler alert,

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Softwood deal remains out of sight

At this time last year, with the election of a new U.S. president it looked like Canada had a fresh shot at securing a new softwood lumber agreement (SLA) with the U.S. President Donald Trump had been elected on a promise to stick up for average citizens, not special interests like the powerful U.S. lumber

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PODCAST | What the West? 005: 8 for 2018

Subscribe | (iTunes) | Google Play | Stitcher | Pocket Casts Download | Episode 005: 8 for 2018 Welcome to 2018. The eggnog has gone stale, the trees have been composted or burned for warmth. And our thoughts can now turn to the future. Will this year be as tumultuous as 2017? Will North American trade cease?

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Analysis: What the end of NAFTA could mean for jobs in western Canada

As the fifth round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations kick off this week in Mexico, uncertainty over the future of the pact lingers. The demands by the U.S. such as scrapping the agreement’s dispute settlement mechanism and stricter rules of origin for auto manufacturing are among a growing list of “take

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5 things you didn’t know about the Pacific Alliance (including what it is and why Canada should care)

Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru make up the Pacific Alliance trade integration group. In June 2017, Canada was one of four Pacific Alliance observer countries invited to become an associate member of the bloc (along with Australia, New Zealand and Mexico). Below are five things you might not know about the Pacific Alliance – and

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