University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well.
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USMCA receives good grade

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been praised and pilloried for her negotiation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement, now dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Which does she deserve? University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well. “Ultimately what happened here is we get an […] Read more

The Americans’ recent bungling of trade files means their country is far behind Canada, which must make the most of these new-found opportunities.  |  File photo

U.S. trade mess is Canada’s chance to gain advantage

So, what now? With the U.S. midterm elections done, we have more certainty about who has the power and influence in Washington for the next two years. Unfortunately, that doesn’t provide a lot of certainty for trade. Will the U.S. approve NAFTA2? Will the U.S. attempt to get back into the new Trans-Pacific Partnership? Most […] Read more

There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist from the University of California Davis: get rid of supply management and allow farmers to export chicken and dairy products to the world. | File photo

Has chicken industry lost out?

In late October the federal government created a couple of working groups with the goal of helping Canadian dairy and poultry farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist […] Read more


Canadians must address non-market trade clause

Is article 32.10 in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement a tempest in a teapot or a slow-building hurricane? Whatever it is, it could have an effect on Canada’s agricultural trade with China. Article 32.10 says any country that pursues a trade agreement with a non-market country must provide the text of the deal to the other […] Read more

Ralph Goodale, Saskatchewan MP and minister for public safety, speaks in Saskatoon at a Chamber of Commerce event on trade about the USMCA.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Likely last of the big deals threatening supply management

The government didn’t doubt the sincerity of the United States’ chief negotiator when he told them his President wanted Canada’s supply management systems “gone.” Settling an update for the North American Free Trade Agreement had become tied to a few concessions on Canada’s part to ensure that a dispute resolution tool, outside of the U.S. […] Read more


Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland attends a bilateral meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore, last month.  |  REUTERS/Feline Lim photo

ASEAN trade deal lurks in shadows

Two free trade agreements are garnering most of the headlines, but there is another, lesser known potential agreement that has piqued the interest of some Canadian farm groups. Canada is in the midst of contentious negotiations on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has yet to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive agreement […] Read more

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s department recently announced $12 billion in farm aid to producers hurt by the country’s trade wars, mainly with China.  |  Michael Raine photo

Producers want farm aid response

Canadian farm groups are displeased with the subsidies being doled out to their American counterparts and plan to approach the federal government about getting some assistance of their own. The U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed details of its US$12 billion aid package last week. It is designed to help offset losses caused by trade wars. […] Read more

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland held a press conference Friday afternoon after NAFTA negotiations broke off without an agreement. Negotiations will resume Wednesday. Freeland said she will continue to work toward a deal that is beneficial for Canadians. | Screencap via CNBC.com

U.S. to move ahead with Mexico trade pact, keep talking to Canada

WASHINGTON/TORONTO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico after talks with Canada broke up on Friday with no immediate deal to revamp the tri-nation North American Free Trade Agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said U.S. officials would resume talks with their […] Read more


Canadian wheat growers could find themselves popular with international buyers this winter, as world wheat stocks hit lows not seen for a decade. | File photo

Wheat trade hoping for big export year

(CNS Canada) — Canadian wheat growers could find themselves popular with international buyers this winter, as world wheat stocks hit lows not seen for a decade. Marlene Boersch, managing partner at Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc., said the present 26-day wheat supply available to world markets, once China’s stockpiles are removed from the equation, should boost […] Read more

Jordan Van Hierden, who manages Green Prairie International’s equine and feed division for North America and the Middle East, says these 340-kilogram hay bales were destined for Saudi Arabia before that country’s current dispute with Canada erupted.  |  Barb Glen photo

Saudi spat hits forage exporters

Over the last five years, Jordan Van Hierden has developed business relationships in Saudi Arabia, with the goal of exporting more alfalfa, timothy hay and other forage products. Those efforts were wiped out in a matter of minutes in early August when the federal government issued a tweet criticizing Saudi Arabia’s policies on human rights. […] Read more