Why CETA and TPP are so controversial

Both of them are being negotiated in secret and have the potential to change the rights of Canadians

Why CETA and TPP are so controversialEDMONTON, AB, Jul 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Canadians can be excused for not being able to name the 10 or so countries that we have free trade agreements with. Other than the U.S. most are with niche trading partners such as Panama or Honduras and free trade has had no significant impact on inward…

Investment powers ahead while export engine sputters

Canada’s economy is increasingly exhibiting the symptoms of dual economic performance

Investment powers ahead while export engine sputtersTHUNDER BAY, ON, Jul 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The last decade has seen a mixed performance when it comes to the role of exports and investment spending in moving the Canadian economy forward. Together, these two spending flows are key macroeconomic drivers accounting for nearly 50 per cent of Canada’s GDP. Exports drive GDP…

Trade you an F-35 for some bitumen?

It’s time to stop playing sucker to the US elephant

Trade you an F-35 for some bitumen?CALGARY, AB, Jun 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Canada and the United States have had a long and mostly fruitful trade relationship. But don’t ever consider for a moment that we’re equal partners. More often than not, the elephant we sleep with, as Pierre Trudeau once called our neighbour, is a gentle giant that comes…

Rebound in global trade augurs well for B.C.’s economy

United States remains by far B.C.’s biggest trading partner

Rebound in global trade augurs well for B.C.’s economyVANCOUVER, BC, Apr 29, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Economic growth has been tepid in B.C. in the past two years, with inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) eking out an average annual gain of barely 1.5 per cent. But the picture should brighten over 2014-15, as consumer spending strengthens, some momentum returns to the job market,…

Canadian businesses should prepare for broader sanctions against Russia

Iran offers a template of how things might change

Canadian businesses should prepare for broader sanctions against RussiaBy Matthew Kronby and Laura Murray Bennett Jones TORONTO, ON, Apr 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Canada’s initial response to Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea – while placing it at the forefront of the international response – still don’t amount to much. So far, Canada has recalled its ambassador from Moscow, led the drive…

13 billion reasons to support the South Korean free trade agreement

Canadians paid over that in tariffs on non-NAFTA automobiles and other items in the related categories

13 billion reasons to support the South Korean free trade agreementCALGARY, AB, Mar 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If Canadians need a reason to support the just-announced free trade agreement with South Korea, here are a few hundred million: every year, Canadians pay hundreds of millions of dollars in hidden taxes on imported automobiles and auto-related products. At least some of those hidden taxes are…

Canada’s global trade awakening

Finally showing it is willing to play ball with the rest of the trading world

Canada’s global trade awakeningGUELPH, ON, Mar 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - In recent months, two new trade deals have given Canadian agriculture a much needed lift. In the wake of the behemoth $1 trillion American Farm Bill, a pact which clearly undermines the Canadian livestock industry with its protectionist Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) rules, new potential openings…

Trade agreements not quite what they seem

Benefits are more a back-to-the-future reality for agriculture

Trade agreements not quite what they seemCALGARY, AB, Mar 16, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If the government PR spin surrounding recent free trade agreements is to be believed, agriculture and food exports from Canada to Europe and South Korea are going to skyrocket by the hundreds of millions of dollars. News releases from governments and agriculture commodity groups trot out data…

Trade deal with Korea no easy ride

Korea has been using non-tariff barriers to circumvent its 2012 trade deal with the US

Trade deal with Korea no easy rideCALGARY, AB, Mar 13, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Except for a very unhappy Canadian auto industry, the trade deal negotiated between the governments of Canada and Korea is getting mostly positive reception. Maybe, however, we should hold the champagne. The two-year-old experience of some farmers and automakers in the United States, which entered its deal…

Canada’s LNG export industry could benefit from the “Ukrainian Crisis”

The US could start moving more gas to Europe, opening the door for Canada to sell to Asia

Canada’s LNG export industry could benefit from the “Ukrainian Crisis”EDMONTON, AB, Mar 10, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The "Ukrainian Crisis" could be a game changer for the Canadian and global energy industry. While the direct impact on Canada from the crisis is negligible, the fallout could be immense. The crisis has affected Ukraine's nascent natural gas industry as well as the pipelines used to…