China Brief | Edition 011

Edition 011: Chinese companies team up with Indigenous group to build Alberta refinery, Saskatchewan premier’s trip to China, and an “Asian Super Grid.” Read more… Quote of the week “Is China an unfair player deserving of the US trade penalties or a deeply misunderstood victim?” –?Karishma Vaswani, BBC. Excellent piece on the two narratives about

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BLOG | How western Canadian businesses can benefit from dramatic tariff reductions in the CPTPP

On May 22, the federal government tabled the text of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), taking the first step towards ratifying the multilateral trade deal. While it’s still unclear when the deal will get over the finish line, once it’s in effect, there are big opportunities for western Canadian businesses. The

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BLOG | Canada’s steel and aluminum industry, and the impact of U.S. tariffs

Canada suddenly finds itself locking horns with the United States over steel and aluminum. The first salvo came from the U.S., which as of June 1, enacted tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the EU – steel will have a 25% tariff going into the United States, and aluminum will have

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BLOG | Why Canadian producers will be squeezed in the China-U.S. soybean spat

China’s proposed 25 per cent tariff on soybean imports from the U.S. will affect more than just the American Midwest soybean growers the tariff is targeting. This latest development in the U.S.-China trade war will also hit western Canada’s soy producers. This week, China took aim at U.S. soybeans, and other goods, to retaliate against

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BLOG | Trump’s trade war isn’t just about U.S. going after China – and that’s why Canada should be worried

With the U.S. imposition of tariffs on Canadian newsprint coming on top of threatened tariffs on steel and lack of resolution of the softwood lumber dispute, some in Canada are starting to wonder if we are in a trade war with the U.S. The answer is no. Our trade spats with the U.S. are far

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BLOG | 5 things you need to know about the new TPP trade deal

This week, Canada announced it will join the 10 other countries of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The deal will be signed in March. For Canadian companies, particularly in the West, this opens doors that they have been banging on for years. Our modelling shows that the TPP will bring hundreds of millions of dollars

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