In NAFTA talks, Canada has some cards to play (but not the ones you might think)

One interesting side effect of the tsunami of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiation coverage for the “trade commentariati” is that it’s been better than LinkedIn for catching up with old colleagues, figuring out who has changed jobs, retired or come out of retirement to start commenting. Yes, there is that much coverage, which

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What Ottawa’s softwood lumber aid package means for the industry

Today’s announcement of an $867 million support package from Ottawa for the softwood sector comes just one month after the U.S. imposed countervailing duties, averaging 20 per cent, on Canadian softwood lumber shipped into the U.S. The quick response from the federal government comes even before the full extent of the impact of U.S. duties

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Dairy, lumber and NAFTA: Protectionism hurts consumers on both sides of the border

For more than 20 years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has facilitated an expansion of trade in goods and services between Canada, the United States and Mexico. That expansion, the business built upon it and US$2 billion a day in trade between Canada and the U.S. are all potentially at some risk in

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WATCH | The Skill Advantage: The 21st century challenge for Canada’s unions

Today, the Canada West Foundation released, The Skill Advantage: The 21st century challenge for Canada’s unions. Report author Janet Lane, Director of the Human Capital Centre, discusses the report, its findings and what it means for how unions can create value in Canada. The report shows how Canada can benefit if unions take better advantage

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New infrastructure bank could finance western electricity grid

When the federal budget passes, it will create a new Crown corporation – the Canadian Infrastructure Bank. While the merits of this new institution are still up for debate, it could be just the thing to turn the concept of a western electricity grid for hydroelectricity into reality. The bank will focus its investments on

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WATCH | Beyond the Rules: Moving safety from compliance to competence

Today, the Canada West Foundation released, Beyond the Rules: Moving safety from compliance to competence. Report author Janet Lane, Director of the Human Capital Centre, discusses the report, its findings and what it means for workplace safety. The report looks at the case study of Waiward Steel, an Alberta company which, after four serious safety

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