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May 16, 2017
Since 2000, Canada’s position as a leading trading nation has eroded, as measured by our country’s share of global merchandise and services trade. The Business Council of Canada believes that Canada should act now to reverse this worrisome trend by modernizing its trade policy to reflect the ever-evolving and increasingly competitive global business environment. In the article attached, The Honourable John Manley, the Council’s President and CEO, and Brian Kingston, vice president of policy for international and fiscal ...
May 15, 2017
By John Manley, as originally published in iPolitics. Regardless of their political orientation, most Canadians understand that trade – with the United States in particular – is a linchpin of our economy. They also recognize the risks inherent in Canada’s heavy dependence on the United States as the destination for almost three-quarters of our exports. That’s why the Asia-Pacific region is vital to Canada’s economic future. Led by the meteoric rise of China, the region’s growth is ...
November 3, 2016
As published in The Globe and Mail. With many around the globe questioning the benefits of trade, immigration and globalization, Canada is uniquely positioned to prove them wrong and rebuild our growth in a sustainable, inclusive way. We have many advantages – a highly educated population, strong research clusters, world-class post-secondary institutions, an open economy and society, stable government. More broadly and throughout the world, Canadians are seen as inclusive, welcoming and engaged in a world that is becoming insular. We ...
October 31, 2016
As appearing in The Globe and Mail. The delayed signing of CETA, Canada’s trade agreement with the European Union, should be seen as a triumph of bipartisanship in a world full of small-minded political sniping and nastiness. History will judge the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement as an important legacy of Stephen Harper’s term as prime minister. But it is also a landmark achievement of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fearless Trade Minister, Chrystia Freeland. The negotiations ...
August 29, 2016
Written by Don Lindsay, President & CEO of Teck Resources Limited. As originally appearing in the Financial Times. The upcoming G20 summit in China and week-long visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are shining a light on Canada and China’s economic ties at a pivotal time for both our countries. Recent negative economic headlines aside, China remains a key trading partner and Canada’s prosperity now – and in the years ahead – continues to be closely tied with theirs. But ...