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Ratifying CETA after ’Achmea scandal’ is anti-European
Keeping the European project alive requires EU members to abide by the principle of loyalty to European institutions.
Canada loses bid to overturn NAFTA ruling on rebuffed N.S. quarry
New Jersey company behind quarry proposal in Digby Neck claims damages of $443M US in lost profits.
Drug patent extensions under CETA could cost feds $270M a year: PBO
Extended patent protections under Canada’s free trade deal with the European Union could cost the federal government some $270 million a year, according to a new report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Taiwan pushing for foreign investment agreement with Canada: minister
Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin has been pressing his Canadian counterpart on the issue of a bilateral foreign investment agreement.
Three Canadian mining companies lodge ISDS disputes over Colombian mining ban
Colombia’s decision to ban mining activities in the Páramos, a range of environmentally sensitive wetlands that provide approximately 70% of the country’s water supply, has so far led to three treaty-based arbitration cases.
Canadian opposition to Nafta’s chapter 11 gives Trudeau leeway
Dislike of investor-state dispute mechanism appears widespread. Public consultation files detail what Trudeau team was told.
China wants no ’progressive’ elements in any free trade deal with Canada: envoy
China’s ambassador has firmly rejected a key pillar of the Trudeau government’s trade agenda, branding its attempts to entrench labour standards in a free trade pact as a non-starter for his country.
Canada rejects US food packaging proposals in NAFTA talks
Canada’s chief representative stated that the proposals regarding food packaging brought up by the United States are not acceptable to his country, which wants to retain the ability to put warning labels on junk food to combat obesity.
CETA: Secret committee on pesticides meets in Ottawa on March 26–27
Leaked EU documents reveal a secret committee will begin discussions on how to weaken norms on pesticides and food quality standards.
Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) increased caloric intake in Canada
New study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates these changes corresponded with increased US exports and investment in the Canadian food and beverage sector.
Teamsters raise concerns on Canada-Mercosur trade talks
The union is concerned that the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership could be used as a model for talks with Mercosur.
An example of regulatory chill
The case of Ethyl v. Canada.
Mercosur, Canada begin free-trade talks
The foreign ministers slated the first round of talks for the Mercosur-Canada FTA from March 20 to 23 in Ottawa, Canada.
Canada chasing trade deal with South American block after signing new TPP
A spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the negotiations could begin in earnest in the next 10 days.
Canada didn’t violate trade agreement in B.C. pulp mill case, NAFTA tribunal rules
A NAFTA tribunal rejects $250-million claim by Mercer International Inc. against the Canadian government.
Case studies demonstrate EU member state protections threatened by CETA
Regulating in the public interest at risk if Member States ratify Canada-EU trade deal
Careful what you wish for: China is “quietly reshaping the world”
Canadian business wants a notch in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. In Asia, as in Canada, there are domestic and foreign policy risks to consider
Eyes on the ’prize’: Canada hosting South American bloc in hopes of accessing free trade with Brazil, Argentina
This next step in the Liberal government’s trade diversification strategy will come a day after Canada formally signs the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in Chile
Trade and climate: How the EU can protect the Paris Agreement
It is possible to effectively integrate the Paris Agreement into new trade deals, including CETA and the upcoming JEFTA with Japan.
Justin Trudeau’s visit reflects uneasy state of Indo-Canada trade ties
India’s decision to raise duties on pulses from Canada, elusive progress on bilateral investment treaty and free trade pact major hurdles in improving trade relations.