Are we really jeopardizing NAFTA over a regressive farm policy?

The federal government should deregulate supply-managed commodities, and tariffs should be abolished on imports of dairy and poultry products

Are we really jeopardizing NAFTA over a regressive farm policy?By Danny LeRoy and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Why are broad trade agreements that benefit almost all Canadians being jeopardized to protect a small subset of farmers, estimated at 13,500 across Canada? The United States has repeatedly indicated that a key tension in North American Free Trade (NAFTA) renegotiations is Canada’s protection of dairy,…

Killing NAFTA could save Canada’s economy

Some day we may thank Trump for his NAFTA betrayal as it inadvertently reinvigorated our economy and jolted us out of our national complacency

Killing NAFTA could save Canada’s economyThis week represents a critical threshold in the troubled North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico. As the Montreal round of talks begins, it's obvious that very little common ground exists between the parties and almost no progress has been made on substantive issues. It's time to face…

If NAFTA collapses, could Cuba help fill the void for Canada?

Canada and Cuba already have an established trade relationship, as do Mexico and Cuba, and Canada and Mexico

If NAFTA collapses, could Cuba help fill the void for Canada?It’s no secret that the North American Free Trade Agreement’s future is in jeopardy. But if NAFTA collapses, what will Ottawa do next? NAFTA is in trouble largely due to U.S. President Donald Trump, who once called it the “worst trade deal in the history of the world.” And Trump’s America First plan, rooted in economic nationalism,…

Is the future of NAFTA truly bleak?

By understanding that free-trade agreements benefit consumers, businesses and governments, this deal can be saved

Is the future of NAFTA truly bleak?Rumours about the imminent demise of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are both premature and exaggerated. This week marks the start of another round of trade talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Trade negotiations are a long, painstaking, cumbersome and arduous process. It’s not uncommon for such talks to go through…

Canadians are masters of mediocrity but we can rise above

NAFTA or not, we need a national commitment to excellence that would help break down regional barriers and connect Canadians more closely

Canadians are masters of mediocrity but we can rise aboveCanadians have a global reputation for being nice; we're polite, trustworthy and, some would say, generous to a fault. Regrettably, these qualities mean Canadians have turned underachievement into a fine art form. Why? At the heart of the Canadian political and business establishment lies a deep-seated sense that it's not our place to compete head…

Imagining the worst, getting the best out of your business

The exchange rate could shift, interest rates could rise, NAFTA could be rewritten or buried. Do you have strategies to deal with such changes?

Imagining the worst, getting the best out of your businessOptimism in business is good, but business operators would do much better in the long run if they looked more closely at the down side and imagined the worst. Why would you go into business unless you were an optimist, really believing you’ll beat the odds and gain the freedom, flexibility and potential for great…

NAFTA’s demise would force agri-food sector to adapt

Blame Washington all you want for the NAFTA impasse, but Canada has not demonstrated it wants to liberalize its trading position either

NAFTA’s demise would force agri-food sector to adaptTalks to refresh North America's trade agreement seem to be heading nowhere, and that could spell serious trouble for our agrifood sector. Wanting to push back on Mexico’s influence over the U.S. economy, Washington now seems to favour a bilateral deal with Canada. But for our agrifood sector, many wonder how life will look like without…

Trudeau’s betrayal of Mexico smells of desperation

Trudeau's betrayal makes Canadians look like they will turn on their allies, even after they repeatedly said they never would

How desperate is Justin Trudeau to keep a North American trade agreement? Pretty desperate. The Mexicans likely marveled about this once or twice as they welcomed the Canadian prime minister to Mexico City last week – and as they extracted the Canadian-made stainless steel that had slipped between their shoulder blades. "¡Tan encantador! ¡Muy guapo!…

NAFTA assault may force Canada to spread its wings

The ongoing Trump follies may force us to become a more independent country

NAFTA assault may force Canada to spread its wingsIf there is a silver lining to the cloud-covered attempts to salvage North America’s 24-year-old trade pact, it is in witnessing former Canadian political foes rallying together for the cause. Former prime minister Stephen Harper is the latest Conservative to head off to Washington to lobby on behalf of efforts by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s…

Trump pulling Canada into a NAFTA quagmire

Canada should not fall into the trap of believing that traditional Canadian-U.S. goodwill will prevail with the president

Trump pulling Canada into a NAFTA quagmireWhat's the point of NAFTA or any of the other 'free' trade deals if craziness can simply overwhelm them? American authorities have sideswiped Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier with punitive duties. No unbiased observer can explain the outrageous 220 per cent duty imposed on the importation of Bombardier's C Series jets. There are two disturbing reactions…