Category Archives: Trade Policy

NAFTA and Beyond – Canadian Trade Strategies

As Canada enters the difficult and contentious NAFTA negotiations with the US, here are some thoughts in a Globe and Mail op-ed piece on some elements for Canada’s overall trade strategies, not forgetting either the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (which has been signed by all countries, even the US) and the World Trade Organization Agreement, where… Read More »

Order and Disorder in International Trade

“You’re going to pay a very large border tax”. That’s what President-elect Trump said at his January 11 news conference (if it can be called that) about US companies that manufacture abroad, repeating statements he repeatedly made on the campaign trail. It seems fair to predict this blustering will become actual US policy post January… Read More »

House of Commons Trade Committee – TPP Presentation

Lawrence Herman appeared before the House of Commons Trade Committee, at their request, on 5 May 2016, to present testimony on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The following are notes from Mr. Herman tabled with the Committee. Lawrence L. Herman Notes for Presentation, 5 May 2016 Introduction The following are general comments on the TPPA… Read More »

TPP – Brief to the House of Commons Trade Committee

Below is a Brief filed with the Standing Committee on International Trade on its examination of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. HOUSE OF COMMONS STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE AGREEMENT – WATCHING WASHINGTON LAWRENCE L. HERMAN Herman & Associates Toronto 13 April 2016 While the Standing Committee examines the intricacies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership… Read More »

Canadian Trade Policy under the Liberals-Some Ideas

As Canada becomes more and more assertive in international markets, particularly the expanding export reach of our SMEs, we need to consider aspects of our strategy aimed at dismantling foreign trade barriers. Preferential trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are one way but there… Read More »