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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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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PODCAST | What the West? 002: The Trump Administration’s Worldview on Trade

Subscribe (iTunes) | Download After a rollercoaster APEC summit, where news on the Trans-Pacific Partnership felt at times more like a soap opera than trade talks, and a fifth round of NAFTA talks getting underway this week, Episode 002 of What the West? looks at the evolving Canada-U.S. trade relationship. The Trump era’s winner takes all, America-First

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