The Saudi-Canada spat and the New World Order of Oil

What's been billed as a clash over human rights is really all about oil and the Saudis keeping Canada in its place

The Saudi-Canada spat and the New World Order of OilCall it the clash of the oil titans. And it all started with a tweet. In one corner we have Saudi Arabia, the undisputed oil heavyweight of the world. It produces 11 million barrels per day (bpd) and is the planet’s largest oil exporter by far. In the other corner to challenge the champ, we…

Protectionism on the rise as NAFTA talks stall

Against the backdrop of an increasingly fraught political relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, what should Canada do?

Protectionism on the rise as NAFTA talks stallThe contentious (and sometimes very public) North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico likely got more complicated with the recent election of a new president of Mexico. While Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO) says he wants a successful outcome to the NAFTA talks, he’s an outspoken critic of…

Canada can eliminate supply management by following Australia’s lead

The opening of the dairy market was done systematically over eight years to allow time for farmers to transition

Canada can eliminate supply management by following Australia’s leadBy Jon Berry, Alan Oxley and Dan LeRoy The Fraser Institute As trade tensions between Canada and the United States over North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations continue, and U.S. President Donald Trump places Canada’s protection of various sectors of its agricultural industry front and centre, Canadian policy-makers would be well advised to learn lessons…

Will Trump’s protectionism be the making of Canada?

By blowing up NAFTA, Trump would be forcing Canada to take control of its future once again and commit to building common bonds to preserve our nation's integrity

Will Trump’s protectionism be the making of Canada?It’s ironic that U.S. President Donald Trump's madcap protectionism might do more for Canadian unity than our timid political leaders have accomplished in decades. Ever since the first Canada-United States trade deal in 1988, which started the process of continental economic integration, we Canadians have slowly been distancing ourselves from one another. Worse, we haven’t…

Canada must abandon agriculture marketing boards

Why should the U.S. not put barriers up against our products when we so effectively keep out some of theirs?

Canada must abandon agriculture marketing boardsSometimes political parties and the governments and oppositions they form forget that they exist to improve and enhance the lives of the Canadians who vote for them. So it made me very happy to see the federal Conservatives pressuring the Liberal government to let us know what a carbon tax would cost the average Canadian…

Canada’s push for unfettered trade should begin at home

Supply management is protectionism by another name. And domestic protectionism shouldn’t be ignored as we seek freer trade

Canada’s push for unfettered trade should begin at homeA significant amount of ink is being dedicated on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border to the trade conflict that President Donald Trump precipitated at the end of the G7 meetings in Charlevoix, Que. Trump wants a better trade footing for the United States, pointing out that tariffs of around 270 per cent are slapped…

Great White North? How about great Trump snub?

Trump doesn’t want to come to Canada, doesn’t need to come and will gain nothing by coming. Not that we should care

Great White North? How about great Trump snub?Canada often has a different perspective than the rest of the world when it comes to relations with the United States. We see and feel things that might pass unnoticed in other countries. Whether this is because of our one-sided perception that we enjoy a ‘special relationship’ with the U.S. (Americans largely reserve that phrase…

Casting about for new Canadian trade partners

The CANZUK proposal wouldn't replace the United States as the key player in our economy, but at least it would give us more options

Casting about for new Canadian trade partnersCANZUK International was formed to promote a European Union-like agreement for the free movement of citizens, free trade and foreign policy co-ordination between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The organization was created in November 2014, first as The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organization, by James Skinner, its executive director. According to Skinner: “The…

Trade wars, food fights and a budget that ignores it all

Duties may look like attractive, simple mechanisms to protect domestic interests. But they’re a very expensive way to retain jobs

Trade wars, food fights and a budget that ignores it allThe ugly face of protectionism is slowly making its way across the globe. With trade wars looming on several fronts, including in the agri-food sector, Canada's federal government seems resolved to lose. Bill Morneau is obviously an influential figure in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, but he’s no finance minister – despite his title. Given…

“Progressive” trade agenda leads to regressive results

Canada wants to include social and environmental standards in trade deals. Countries like China aren't interested in anything but economic advancement

“Progressive” trade agenda leads to regressive resultsIf Brett Wilson were still taking business pitches on Dragons’ Den, he would never partner with Canada’s trade negotiators. During a recent television interview, he openly wondered whether the negotiators were “delusional, naïve or stupid.” It seems he settled on stupid, saying: “Right now, we’re trying to build on this social agenda of respect and…