Analysis: How Trump’s threat to scrap NAFTA could unfold (and what it means for western Canada)

As the fourth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations get underway, there is still understandable concern that U.S. President Donald Trump will make good on a threat he has made repeatedly since assuming the Oval Office: that the U.S. will terminate NAFTA. With 76 per cent of Canadian goods exports (2016) and more

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Trump’s America actually has a trade surplus with Canada

The U.S. trade deficit is a major reason President Donald Trump promised to renegotiate trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).* There is near unanimous consent among economists that tying trade deficits or surpluses to trade talks is either baffling or just plain stupid, but this has not dissuaded the U.S. administration

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Key dates this fall in softwood lumber dispute

This spring, the U.S. slapped countervailing duties on its imports of Canadian softwood lumber, followed by anti-dumping tariffs. As August winds down, Canadian exporters are getting a brief reprieve, but the trade dispute is not over. Below is a brief update with some of the key softwood dates this fall: August 25 The preliminary countervailing duties

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TPP11 is Canada’s chance to get a trade deal with Japan

Despite the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), the largest trade deal in history hasn’t disappeared. In fact, Japan and New Zealand have already formally ratified the deal – now the TPP11 – and other signatories are looking to do the same. Canada should follow suit, if for no other reason

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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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WATCH | Supply Management: A win-win opportunity for reform

Today, the Canada West Foundation released Supply Management: A win-win opportunity for reform / La gestion de l’offre : Une opportunité de réforme qui ne ferait que des gagnants Report co-author Eric Dalke discusses the report, its findings and the way forward for Canada’s dairy industry. The overwhelming evidence, from all quarters, means we’re past knowing “why”

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