Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that "Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of the … Continue reading Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Another step down the Cold War 2.0 path

I see, in an article in the Globe and Mail, that "President Donald Trump said Saturday he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia has violated the agreement, but he provided no details on the violations ... [and] ... The 1987 pact, which helps protect the security of the U.S. … Continue reading Another step down the Cold War 2.0 path

A trade war to redress the dignity deficit

A couple of weeks ago I talked about 'The Lighthizer doctrine,' and I said that "Donald Trump came to office with a vision of a raging global trade war ... [and Robert Lighthizer] ... has testified that his goal is to bring manufacturing back to the United States." Now an article in the South China Morning Post says that … Continue reading A trade war to redress the dignity deficit

It’s time to do a deal

Two things caught my eye a few days ago: First, an article in The Economist which is headlined, "The contours of a new NAFTA are emerging ... [and] ... It is worse than the old one but better than no deal at all;" and Second, an opinion piece by Barrie McKenna in the Globe and Mail … Continue reading It’s time to do a deal

Finding the bottom line?

As the week ended with President Trump "threatening to cause the "ruination" of Canada if the countries cannot reach a NAFTA deal," and as Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland returns home for a short break in the talks,  Mercedes Stephenson of Global News, says, on social media, that: That may well be the case, and … Continue reading Finding the bottom line?

The Lighthizer doctrine: army tanks attacking from Canada?

Matt Peterson, who is a senior editor at The Atlantic, has written an informative article in that journal that sheds some light on the Trump/Lighthizer trade strategy. His central thesis is that "Donald Trump came to office with a vision of a raging global trade war. In some tellings, the war is his glorious conquest. In others, … Continue reading The Lighthizer doctrine: army tanks attacking from Canada?