News and Publications

NAFTA Update: January 30, 2018

February 20, 2018

Next Steps for CPTPP and NAFTA The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP): The Minister of International Trade, Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, issued a News Release about the CPTPP on January 29, highlighting its progress and linking to a page that answers Frequently Asked Questions and to sector specific fact sheets. These are available for the […]

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NAFTA Update: January 23, 2018

February 20, 2018

CPTPP and NAFTA in 2018 Canada and the ten other CPTPP countries concluded discussions on the agreement today, January 23. Since President Trump withdrew from the original TPP, its future was uncertain. Canada had expressed serious concerns about the agreement in November, citing the culture and automotive sectors. Now, CPTPP is moving forward, with all […]

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NAFTA Update: January 9, 2018

February 20, 2018

Negotiations Continue at the End of January After a long hiatus, NAFTA negotiations will officially resume with the sixth round from January 23 to 28 in Montreal. In between rounds, officials from the three countries gathered in Washington to learn more about each other’s priorities and to bring less-controversial chapters closer to completion. Overall, the […]

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NAFTA Update: December 7, 2017

February 20, 2018

Canada’s Chief Negotiator Testifies in Committee On Monday, December 4th Canada’s Chief Negotiator for NAFTA, Steve Verheul, testified before the House Standing Committee on International Trade. His comments mainly reinforced information available elsewhere. He highlighted areas where negotiations are going well, unworkable U.S. proposals, what would happen if the U.S. withdrew from NAFTA, and trade […]

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NAFTA Update: November 30, 2017

February 20, 2018

Guajardo Visits Washington and Canada Looks Beyond NAFTA In the lull before the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations, scheduled for January 23-28, 2018 in Montreal, Mexican Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo visited Washington, D.C. to meet with key decision-makers. On November 28th, he met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the […]

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NAFTA Update: November 23, 2017

February 20, 2018

  Round Five of NAFTA Negotiations Complete The fifth round of NAFTA negotiations concluded on November 21 with the sixth round scheduled for January 23-28, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. In addition, negotiators will meet throughout mid-December in Washington, D.C. and report the results back to the Chief Negotiators. The trilateral statement released at the close […]

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The Hill Update: Budget 2018 Date Announced, Supercluster winners, new Indigenous rights framework

February 20, 2018

    February 15, 2018 A busy week in Ottawa revealed to us the date of the 2018 budget, the winners and losers of the nine-month contest to create technological superclusters, a central part of the Government’s innovation agenda, and the announcement of a new Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework between the federal government and Indigenous peoples […]

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The Hill Update: Winter 2017 Wrap-Up and A Look Ahead to 2018

January 2, 2018

As we head into 2018, the Capital Hill Group gives you a wide-ranging political update, showing the strength of the parties, where important legislation sits, the growing importance of the Senate, new government programs, how proposed US tax changes could impact Canadians, the split of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and what to look […]

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Special Update: Ontario Auditor General 2017 Annual Report – Dec 6, 2017

January 2, 2018

Ontario’s Auditor General  Bonnie Lysyk released her annual report earlier today which includes 14 value-for-money audits, as well as chapters on government accountability, public accounts and government advertising.  It also includes follow-up reports on previous value-for-money audits from the 2015 Annual Report. Further it contains follow-up on special reports on Community Care Access Centres and […]

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Special Update: Ontario PC Party Platform – Election 2018 – Nov 27, 2017

January 2, 2018

  Over the weekend, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown released the party’s 2018 election platform that outlined five major commitments, with an increased focus on the middle class. Titled People’s Guarantee, Brown has pledged not to run for a second term as premier in 2022, if his party fails to meet any of his five major commitments […]

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