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NAFTA Helps Small Business Manufacturers Grow

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

August 17, 2017 

Nearly two decades ago, Drew Greenblatt purchased a small manufacturing business in Baltimore, Maryland. Since then, he has nearly doubled the number of employees at Marlin Steel Wire Products. Over that same period, he doubled the firm’s sales. Then he doubled that. Then he doubled it again.

In large measure, Greenblatt’s success and Marlin Steel’s growth have been fueled by exporting the company’s wire baskets, wire forms and sheet metal products to customers abroad, with more than a quarter of the company’s revenue now stemming from international sales. Looking at it another way, seven of the Marlin Steel’s 29 workers’ jobs are directly tied to the company’s exports.

Greenblatt would like to see that number continue to grow.
From a business perspective, the foremost goal of U.S. trade policy should be to tear down barriers so companies like mine can start exporting to new markets … Free trade agreements have helped us accomplish this in the past and will help our business grow in the future.
No trade deal, Greenblatt adds, has been more critical to the company’s success than the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly known as NAFTA.


Canada’s Trump Strategy: Go Around Him

The New York Times

June 23, 2017

As President Trump disrupts alliances across the map, nearly every level of government in Canada has taken on new duties in a quietly audacious campaign to cajole, contain and if necessary coerce the Americans.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy for managing Mr. Trump is unlike anything tried by another ally. And he has largely succeeded where even experienced leaders like Angela Merkel of Germany have fallen short.

More than perhaps any other country, Canada relies on the United States, which accounts for 70 percent of its trade. Its sizable manufacturing industry is tightly integrated with American production, meaning even a slight hardening of the border or prolonged trade negotiations could put its economy at risk.

Laid in the first days after Mr. Trump’s election win, the plan even enlists Brian Mulroney, a former Conservative prime minister and political nemesis of Mr. Trudeau’s father, who had also been prime minister. Mr. Mulroney knows Mr. Trump and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, from social circuits in southern Florida, where all three keep vacation homes.

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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.

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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…