Currents: Manitoban forestry industry needs to find new markets

It has been an especially challenging year for the economy in northern Manitoban. Beyond the potential closure of the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay railroad, British Columbia-based Tolko Industries announced in August 2016 its intent to close a pulp-and-paper mill that has operated in The Pas for more than 40 years. This could

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Canada’s ‘Plan B’ for trade with Asia fraught with challenges

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement facing an uncertain future, there are signs the Government of Canada is starting to put together a Plan B for Canadian interests in Asia. The recent announcement by the federal government of a trade agreement feasibility study and the launch of an annual trade policy dialogue with ASEAN (the

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Currents: Growth opportunities in Asia’s southeast

THIRD IN A SERIES ON WESTERN CANADIAN TRADE Western Canada’s trade with the Asia-Pacific region has increased nearly 25 per cent during the last five years. It’s no surprise that China, the most populous country on the planet, dominates the focus of trade with Asia. Yet, it is Southeast Asia that is one of the

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Currents: NAFTA led to increased trade with partners

SECOND IN A SERIES ON WESTERN CANADIAN TRADE The last time a Clinton won the White House, the North American Free Trade Agreement was about to come into effect. NAFTA expanded Canada’s first ever trade deal with our largest partner, the U.S., to include Mexico. Fast forward to today, when another Clinton is in the

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