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The Canada-U.S. Trade Talks Saga

The Canada-U.S. Trade Talks Saga is a three-part series first printed in The Niagara Independent.   Part One In Ottawa, there are two prevailing threads of thought on what has become the never-ending saga of the Canada-U.S. Trade Talks. One is rallying behind Prime Minister Trudeau and supporting the Liberal Government’s attempt to reason with an unpredictable U.S. President. The second is highly critical, suggesting that the Liberals are purposely sabotaging the negotiations for their own domestic political gains. The next three columns will review the political gamesmanship between Canada and the U.S. and assess what all the public posturing may…

The Canada-U.S. Trade Talks Saga (Part Three)

The Niagara Independent, July 20, 2018 – This is the third of a three column series on the Canada-U.S. trade talks, reviewing our National Leaders’ political gamesmanship and assessing what it means for the outcome of the trade talks – and for the 2019 federal election. To recap the last six weeks: on June 1st, the U.S. imposed hefty levies on Canadian steel and aluminum imports, in response to China, South Korea and Vietnam dumping these products into our country. On July 1st, Canada retaliated by placing tariffs worth a total of $16.6 billion on U.S. goods from ketchup and candles to…

PM fine tunes his Cabinet with an “Election Shuffle”

The Niagara Independent, July 20, 2018 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet this week, bringing five new ministers to the table and creating a new portfolio for border security, an issue that has become a political vulnerability for the government over the past months. Political analysts view this shuffle as a political move in advance of the 2019 election. There are additional ministers from Ontario and Quebec, where the Liberals need to maintain and, if possible, grow their seat count. David Moscrop, a political scientist at Simon Fraser University explains “The shuffle gives Trudeau an opportunity to put his…

The Canada-U.S. Trade Talks Saga (Part Two)

The Niagara Independent , July 13, 2018 – This is the second of a three column series on the Canada-U.S. trade talks. This column reflects on the criticism that the Liberals have purposely sabotaged the trade negotiations for their political gain in an election year. Not all are supportive of the Trudeau Government’s trade negotiation tactics with the United States. With Canada’s national election only 16 months away, it is now anticipated that the fate of the trade agreement with our southern neighbor will be a central campaign issue. Lawrence Solomon, policy director for Toronto-based Probe International, suggests Trudeau is…

The Canada-U.S. Trade Talks Saga (Part One)

The Niagara Independent, July 6, 2018 – In Ottawa, there are two prevailing threads of thought on what has become the never-ending saga of the Canada-U.S. Trade Talks. One is rallying behind Prime Minister Trudeau and supporting the Liberal Government’s attempt to reason with an unpredictable U.S. President. The second is highly critical, suggesting that the Liberals are purposely sabotaging the negotiations for their own domestic political gains. The next three columns will review the political gamesmanship between Canada and the U.S. and assess what all the public posturing may mean for the outcome of the trade talks – and for…

Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Trudeauisms

My life is one long curve, full of turning points. Luck, that’s when preparation and opportunity meet. The essential ingredient of politics is timing. In academic life you seek to state absolute truths; in politics you seek to accommodate truth to the facts around you. We wish nothing more, but we will accept nothing less. Masters in our own house we must be, but our house is the whole of Canada. I am trying to put Quebec in its place — and the place of Quebec is in Canada. Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and…

The PM and his Wife

One night Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn’t too luxurious.   When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the PM’s RCMP detail if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Sophie had a conversation with the owner.   Following this conversation Justin asked Sophie, why was he so interested in talking to her. She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her.   Justin then…

PM Trudeau’s 100 Days (2)

The first one hundred days of any new government reveals the character of its leadership and it usually signals the style and direction to be expected over the administration’s mandate. On November 4, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the oath of office and begin the 100-day count to set the course for his government and for our country over the next four years. (This is the second post counting the announcements of the government’s first 100 days. To see the first post from November/December – click HERE.) There are great expectations of this new government. Canadians expect Trudeau to follow…

PM Trudeau’s 100 Days (1)

The first one hundred days of any new government reveals the character of its leadership and it usually signals the style and direction to be expected over the administration’s mandate. On November 4, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the oath of office and begin the 100-day count to set the course for his government and for our country over the next four years. There are great expectations of this new government. Canadians expect Trudeau to follow through on his big promises of tax cuts to middle class, 25,000 refugees by Christmas, money and settlements to First Nations, and bold moves…

Our Election Newsletters

Last week the By George Journal delivered two special edition election newsletters. If you did not receive them, here are direct links to the publications: The Campaign Wrap The Day After The Night Before By way of a personal observation on the election results, By George Editor Chris George offers an introductory commentary in the post-election newsletter greeting. Last night was a dramatic election finale, the very stuff that Canadian history is made of: and so ends a Conservative era and so begins a new era of Liberalism. Canadians wanted change and voters delivered that change in striking fashion.     …