Category Archives: Negotiations

Trans Pacific Trade – Hold Your Horses

Many of us are hopeful that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations will wrap up sometime soon and that the deal will require Canada to open up its highly-protected dairy, poultry and eggs sectors – dairy being the most egregiously protected, outmoded Soviet-style regime. Trade negotiations aren’t a zero-sum game, and if Canada has to compromise… Read More »

Trans-Pacific Trade – Canada Under Pressure

With the passage by the US Senate of Obama’s long-sought-after trade negotiating authority this week, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) effort will start to move to its final wrap-up. Other countries were holding back until the necessary bill (called Trade Promotion Authority or “fast-track”) was enacted. This will put tremendous pressure on Canada to open up… Read More »

Trade, Innovation and Middle-Class Prosperity

A lot of media discussion about international trade gets caught up in process – the events at the WTO in Geneva, the next meeting of trade negotiators, plans for the next ministerial gathering, what’s happening in the various forums with confusing acronyms – TPP, CETA, NAFTA, ASEAN, APEC, and on and on. Trying to make… Read More »