On July 27, 2019, Global Affairs Canada started a consultation on whether South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”). An announcement was published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1. Global Affairs Canada has also indicated in a backgrounder that they “welcome views on
America First – America Alone?
Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in May 2018
The White House website defines the foreign policy of the Trump Administration as follows: “President Trump is bolstering American influence by leading a coalition of strong and independent nations to promote security, prosperity, and peace both within America’s borders and beyond. The promise of a…
What Will Trudeau Talk To Trump About?
On February 13, 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau will travel to the United States to visit with President Trump. The most important topic for discussion is that Canada-United States relationship. The most important goal is to ensure that trading relationship remains strong.
This is a fun post, which is based on trade issues between Canada…
What Should Canadians Listen For While Watching the U.S. Presidential Debate
Tonight is the first U.S. Presidential Debate. Every 4 years, Canadian bureaucrats and those interested in politics watch the debates looking for clues as to what good and bad may be coming. I thought it would be useful to make a list, from the perspective of a Canadian trade lawyer, of what Canadians should…
The More Things Change – The More They Stay The Same
Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in January 2016
In writing this article, it was interesting to look back and see whether the old crystal ball was accurate in its predictions in earlier years. Truthfully, the expectation was the old themes were similar over time, and that turned out to be the case. Those…
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Bane or Boon?
Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in November 2015
As every international trader worth his/her salt knows, the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was released on November 5th. Given word from the Executive Branch is the agreement is still being “scrubbed”, it is reasonable to conclude the text is not yet final, but is…
Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Concluded – Now What?
Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in October 2015
With the news the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have been successfully concluded, the obvious question is what is next? The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is in chaos. As we go to press, the presumptive new Speaker has withdrawn, the caucus is coming…
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Text Released
Today, New Zealand released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade web-site. The TPP text was also released on a Trans-Pacific Partnership American web-site. I would expect that Canada will also post the TPP text in the coming days.
Trade lawyers, pundits, governments, and interest…
Canada is a Party to the Historic Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
On October 5, 2015, the trade ministers of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). TPP is a historic trade agreement. TPP is a comprehensive trade agreement.
For Canada, TPP represents a trade agreement with new parties (Australia, Brunei,…
Trade Preference Programs Get New Life
Originally published by the Journal of Comerce in July 2015
In the last few months, there has been extensive press coverage about the President’s trade agenda and the ultimate Congressional grant of Trade Promotion Authority. As noted in that coverage, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (the Trans-Pacific trade deal being negotiated with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada,…