Tag Archives: trade

Dispute between Canada and China puts the squeeze on western canola exports

A dispute coming to a head between China and Canada is threatening to put the western provinces’ $2.6 billion canola export industry through the wringer just as harvest starts to come in. After years of unsuccessful negotiations between China and Canada, western canola exporters face the possible loss of their second largest export market after

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

Good riddance, 2015

It’s hard not to say “good riddance” rather than “goodbye” to a year like 2015. There were good moments, for sure, but plenty more reasons to make us happy to start afresh in 2016. Paris figured largely in the world psyche in more ways than expected. The Paris climate spectacular was expected; the tragic murder

How the TPP will transform Canada’s economy and its workforce

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has far reaching implications for Canada’s economy and its workforce. Carlo Dade, Director of the Centre for Trade & Investment Policy, and Janet Lane, Director of the Centre for Human Capital Policy, debate some of the big issues in the complex agreement.   CD: The Trans Pacific Partnership trade

The Softwood Lumber Agreement expires in four days.
Here’s what you need to know

On October 12, the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expires without a replacement. What does this mean for western Canadian softwood exporters? Managed trade with the U.S. is over On the plus side, the end of the SLA means Canadian softwood lumber exporters will no longer be subject to the SLA export charge that ranges from

Video: Preparing for life without a Softwood Lumber Agreement

On Sept. 2, the Canada West Foundation released Branching Out: Preparing for life without a Softwood Lumber Agreement. In this video, I explain why the SLA matters for Canada’s softwood lumber industry and why without one, Canada is vulnerable to tariffs from a protectionist U.S. industry. I welcome your comments and feedback on the report.