This blog was re-printed with some additions in the Toronto Globe & Mail’s Report on Business, 5 August, 2015. To read that op-ed commentary, click here. The TPP talks in Hawaii last week – with much hoped-for anticipation – unfortunately didn’t reach agreement. The 12 countries were getting pretty close but some tricky issues remained… Read More »
If you want to see my interview on BNN, commenting on the Congressional vote for Obama’s trade negotiating authority and what it means for TPP and Canada, click here.
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 »
There is no end to the thoughtful critics of Canada’s Soviet style supply management system for the dairy, poultry and eggs producing sectors. Not only have leading Canadian think-tanks like the C.D. Howe Institute, the Conference Board and the School of Public Policy at U. Calgary produced reports highly critical of this antiquated system, here… Read More »
We are getting down to the wire on a possible Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. Top negotiators from all TPP countries are meeting in Guam 15-26 May to try to put some of the final touches on the accord. A lot of things still have to fall into place, notably the US Congress granting long-delayed negotiating… Read More »