Tag: Donald Trump

Presidential supper meeting between Xi and Trump sparks agricultural trade optimism

After several months of trade war escalation between the U.S. and China, a temporary truce has been reached, following Saturday’s presidential meeting between between the countries’ leaders. Giving themselves 90 days to negotiate some solutions to over a hundred issues, the U.S. trade team led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will attempt to force… Read more »

Canada’s NAFTA hopes now rest with America’s congress

As the saying goes, what goes around comes around, and never has that been so true perhaps than with politics and current trade talks. Early in the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations the Team Canada approach was to penetrate the U.S. political system at all levels with its NAFTA lobbying. Whether it was governors, U.S. senators, or… Read more »

Trump to issue US$12 billion in compensation to farmers for trade war impacts

Tuesday morning began with United States President Donald Trump tweeting about trade and his desire to punish unfair trade partners with tariffs. The U.S. strategy on trade has been to use a big stick with Canada, Mexico, the EU and China. Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly… Read more »

Trade strategy requires patience, but can we afford it?

Canada’s retaliatory tariffs against the United States — worth $16.6 billion — will clearly come at a cost, not only to the American economy, but also the Canadian economy. Despite the likely economic fallout from this trade spat, both sides in this dispute are talking about being disciplined and patient and trying to take a… Read more »

NAFTA talks ignore the Congressional line in the sand…now what?

Last week we heard House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) lay down a Congressional schedule deadline for  a NAFTA 2.0 deal of May 17th. The negotiators did not meet the deadline and in fact, it was ignored like it never existed. Each country is spinning their version of what is left to do to complete this… Read more »

Mexico’s election adds more political risk to NAFTA

As if NAFTA negotiations weren’t complicated enough with trying to figure out what the U.S. administration wants, Mexico’s looming election is adding another layer of political uncertainty. The political threat to a successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is particularly concerning for trade-dependent industries like agriculture, as highlighted by two of the… Read more »

NAFTA renegotiation still up in the air after key players address American Farm Bureau meeting

After an event that featured congressmen, senators, the U.S. agriculture secretary, Canada’s minister of agriculture, and even the president of the United States, NAFTA renegotiation and the future of agricultural trade between Canada and the U.S. is still in limbo. On Sunday, Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay addressed the large crowd at the American Farm… Read more »

Six reasons you should not worry about NAFTA’s future

We are at a point in the NAFTA renegotiations where it is easy to be negative. Some insiders and experts believe it is only a matter of time before President Trump withdraws from the agreement. Whether that is to get to a bilateral deal or a better multi-lateral is still up for debate, but the… Read more »

On NAFTA: the U.S. is not negotiating, it’s making demands

As round four of the NAFTA talks comes to a close, you have to wonder why it took the U.S. this long to finally come around to the stiff demands laid out in round four. From auto to dairy, the U.S. provided a list of demands that Canada and Mexico have described as unacceptable, and,… Read more »

“We’ll probably end up terminating NAFTA” – President Trump

In a speech that reminded everyone that Donald Trump loves to campaign maybe even more than actually being President, the foundations of NAFTA could be rockier than people want to believe. The President gave a rally speech in Arizona where he stated “I don’t think we can make a deal because we have been so… Read more »

President Trump says U.S. gained access into China for beef because he asked for it

Negotiating trade deals to increase market access is typically not easy. Non-tariff barriers, thickening borders, and increased commerce bureaucracy all make access to global markets and free trade very difficult. But what if market access could be made easier by just asking for it. Why didn’t former Presidents, NCBA and a handful of U.S. Trade… Read more »

Trudeau is the best person to trade away supply management

Before we start let me make this point very clear: This editorial is not an argument for or against supply management. It’s a statement on Canada’s negotiating position heading into the upcoming NAFTA talks. In any trade you try to maximize the return on an asset. In sports, this could be other players, draft picks… Read more »

Trump vs Canada: Get Your Tickets for this Epic Main Event!

Since the election of Donald Trump, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been under threat. Initially, the harsh words of walls, import tariffs, and immigration reform were directed squarely at Mexico. That all changed this week when president Trump “laid down the law” in an effort to make Canada quiver insecurely in its… Read more »

Canadian Ambassador Rejects Dairy Criticism from U.S.

Canada’s ambassador to the United States is rejecting President Donald Trump’s assertion that Canadian dairy policies are to blame for challenges faced by U.S. dairy producers. The dispute over dairy trade policy has gained mainstream media attention after Trump accused Canada during a stop in Wisconsin on Tuesday of “a typical one-sided deal against the… Read more »

Trudeau Playing the Trade File Perfectly at this Point

It was a great week for Canada in terms of trade on several fronts. You can say many negative things about Prime Minister Trudeau, but you cannot take away his government’s effort to extend Harper’s commitment to trade. There is much discussion and renegotiation to still happen, but the week of February 13th was very good for… Read more »