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…

Canada and Saudi Arabia getting closer

Significant commercial deals have been signed

Canada and Saudi Arabia getting closerRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Mar 10, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Is a new era of amity, cooperation and understanding between energy rich Canada and OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia, in the all-important energy sector, in the cards? If the signs are to be believed, it seems very much in the making. Ottawa and Riyadh are getting closer…

Newfoundland’s departure from protectionism a positive development

The removal of barriers under CETA a unique opportunity to rejuvenate the province’s fishing industry

Newfoundland’s departure from protectionism a positive developmentHALIFAX, NS, Mar 7, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Newfoundland and Labrador announced recently that it would relinquish minimum processing requirements (MPR) on fish and seafood exports to Europe, clearing way for the province to reap the benefits of freer trade. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into effect in 2014, reducing trade barriers…

Honduras forced into a race to the bottom

Corporate globalism all about profit and exploitation, not fair trade, human rights or labour rights

Honduras forced into a race to the bottomEditor’s Note: Mark Taliano was part of a Canadian Delegation, led by Raul Burbano of Common Frontiers, which went to Honduras to observe elections. The delegation also attended seminars and interviewed Hondurans throughout the country. Information in this article is based upon that visit and those interviews. Names have not been included, due to privacy…

Thank exports for any improvement in Canada’s economic performance in 2014

But the signs are definitely mixed

Thank exports for any improvement in Canada’s economic performance in 2014VANCOUVER, BC, Jan 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - After a generally lacklustre 2013, what are the prospects for Canada’s economy in the coming year? As 2014 gets under way, the signs are mixed. In the plus column are accelerating U.S. economic growth, continued low interest rates, and the positive impact of the weaker Loonie on…

Europe’s recession hitting Alberta’s exports

Europe’s recession hitting Alberta’s exportsJanuary 15, 2013 CALGARY, AB, Jan. 15, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Last week, Statistics Canada reported that global exports from Alberta slid in November. While sales to the U.S. and Asian markets have been steady, exports to certain other markets have been falling - especially Europe. Prior to the global downturn, Alberta was finding some…
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