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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Non-NAFTA measures that improve Canada-U.S. trade, explained

photo credit: ronniechua The 7th round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations are scheduled to start later this month, but there is still uncertainty about the future of the deal. Even as the three sides make slow progress on some aspects of the trade agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump’s often-uttered threat of

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5 things you need to know about the new TPP trade deal

This week, Canada announced it will join the 10 other countries of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The deal will be signed in March. For Canadian companies, particularly in the West, this opens doors that they have been banging on for years. Our modelling shows that the TPP will bring hundreds of millions of dollars

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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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