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NAFTA has staying power, especially if Texas supporters keep speaking out 

The Dallas Morning News

April 11, 2017

Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, Mexico Ambassador to U.S.In one of his first acts in Washington, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade deal involving a dozen countries.

Unwinding the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada would be much tougher, even if Trump wants to go there.

That’s no accident. Before NAFTA took effect 23 years ago, Mexico was angling for more than easy access to U.S. consumers, which is usually the primary goal for a developing country.

Mexico wanted an accord that would also benefit the U.S. and Canada, and strengthen economic ties among all three countries. Such multi-sided trade deals are more stable and durable, and that’s helpful when there’s a change in popular opinion -- or elected leaders.

NAFTA has created impressive growth in trade and jobs, especially for Texas. But it’s also spawned large networks of suppliers and manufacturers whose goods often criss-cross the border before final assembly.

Read on...


Corridor for Competiveness: Ports-to-Plains Corridor Update

Southwest TV News

November 22, 2013

The benefits of a 24 hour border crossing near Val Marie remains under discussion with support building from partners South of the border.


First, Seek Permission: Second Energy Security Dialogues explores key to U.S. and Canada advancing energy development

Randall Luthi, who served in three presidential administrations, told the Dialogues “Washington, DC has an us versus them” attitude, which is stalling progress, but pointed to Canada as an example of how to move ahead in exploring for energy in the Arctic and offshore.

Click here for complete article > The Energy Voice

November 25, 2013

Energy experts gathered here today for the North American Energy Security Dialogues said energy producers need to do more to earn the public’s trust before they move ahead with new projects.

“Regular people don’t work inside the industry and what they see scares them,” said Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman who stressed improving the public’s understanding would reduce anxiety. “Don’t assume people understand your acronyms.”

Dialogues host Randy Kerr of the Canadian Natural Resource Alliance referred to the “new normal” of energy projects facing opposition from organized environmental activists, a topic which was discussed at the first Energy Security Dialogues at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. (Link). Panelists agreed unfettered facts are key to defusing the politicization of energy politics…


Gary Lamphier: Canada poised to retaliate in meat labelling fight

It’s interesting that we’ve got Americans (U.S. meat packers) joined by Canadians suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture and being critical of Congress,” says Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson, who will join his provincial counterparts and federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for talks in Chicago.

Click here for complete article > Edmonton Journal

November 2, 2013

Read our lips: we will retaliate, and it will cost you big time.

That’s the blunt message Canada’s agriculture ministers are taking to the North American Meat Association’s annual conference in Chicago this weekend.

With controversial U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules costing Canada’s livestock industry an estimated $1 billion-plus a year, the long-running trade spat is about to get nasty…


CN, feds eyeing oil-by-rail to Prince Rupert, B.C., in same quantity as Gateway


Government memos suggest that Chinese-owned Nexen is working with CN Rail to ship oil from Alberta, through B.C. and to Asia by tanker. Photograph by: Gordon Beck, The Gazette

Click here for complete article > Edmonton Journal

September 22, 2013

CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.

Internal memos obtained by Greenpeace under the Access to Information Act show the rail carrier raised the proposal last March with Natural Resources Canada…


Commentary: Mexico’s reform agenda is good news for Canada

That would be good news for Canada and the United States. Integrated supply chains between the three NAFTA nations present opportunities for each partner to benefit from another’s success. Increasingly, so-called “trade in tasks” – from product assembly and design, to engineering, logistics and financial services – is the rising tide that lifts all boats.

Click here for complete article > Globe and Mail

August 26, 2013

It was yet another example of how Canada fails to think of itself as a NAFTA nation. Instead of celebrating Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s proposal this month to open his country’s energy sector to foreign investment, the reaction in Canada focused on the risk to the oil sands.

Yet, if ever there was a win-win situation for Mexicans and Canadians alike, it lies in Mr. Pena Nieto’s visionary reform agenda. It promises to accelerate Mexico’s rise from an emerging but troubled country with vast income inequality into a modern economy with a vibrant middle class. As Mexico’s partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada can only benefit…


Obama risking Canadian relationship, former ambassador says

Wilkins said he's also astonished at the length of time that has been devoted to approving Keystone XL, even joking World Wars have been won faster.

And he warned the Canada-U.S. relationship will suffer if Obama ignores the evidence and rejects the pipeline.

"We are each other's biggest trading partner. We are each other's best friend and we ought to treat each other that way. The biggest loser will be the relationship."

Click here for complete article > Sun News

July 30, 2013

Canada should be peeved by comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama on whether enough is being done to curb greenhouse gas emissions north of the border, says a former U.S. ambassador.

David Wilkins said that of the top five countries that supply oil to the United States, Canada is the only one with regulations to control carbon.

"I think that's a real insult to Canada," Wilkins said in an interview with Sun News.

"I can't see us saying that to China or to other countries about 'you've got to change your regulations in order for us to trade with you.'…


Jim Hand Presentation