free trade

Homemade tortillas made on the comal (griddle) heated by wood. Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico. (Jean-Claude Teyssier)

Why heirloom tortillas are an endangered species

Left in the hands of Mexico’s aging campesinos, ancestral corn is at risk of becoming extinct. And that leaves not only a culinary hole, but one in the planet’s biodiversity.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British PM Boris Johnson hold a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, On Sept. 24, 2019 (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Britain needs a new trade partner. Anybody?

Andrew MacDougall: It can’t swim with the U.S. or China and it’s locked out of the EU. The U.K. sure picked a bad time to champion free trade.

How Canada can work on trade with China—without angering America

Opinion: The Canadian government must diversify its economy, and China is the obvious target. But there are risks that come with such a partnership

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement represents a failure of ambition

Opinion: Free trade agreements have long been fuelled by grand visions of a better tomorrow. But by keeping managed trade—which isn’t truly free—the USMCA fails

Canada has shown leadership on data—but it’s silent when trade deals arise

Opinion: Canada’s trade talk doesn’t match its data-regulation walk, and if policymakers fail to coordinate those two, there could be trouble ahead

In Mexico, the USMCA means life goes on

With a new president, Mexico badly needed a trade deal with America, and it’s good that Canada is around—but the ‘new NAFTA’ elicits a collective shrug, and seems to change little

The USMCA keeps Canada in America’s thrall

Opinion: The ‘new NAFTA’ solves a serious crisis in the short term. But Canada made significant concessions—it was always going to have to—and that’s a big long-term problem

Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer attend a news conference on the NAFTA negotiations in Ottawa on Sept. 27, 2017

When it comes to NAFTA, deadlines are meaningless

Since the renegotiation began, red circles on the calendar have repeatedly come and gone. The reality: ‘It will take as long as it takes.’

In the age of Trump, Canada triples down on the trade file

Canada now has three cabinet ministers working on the trade file. But history suggests escaping the U.S. economic orbit won’t be easy.

How Canada should react to Donald Trump’s G7 tantrum

Opinion: The Canadian government’s response to Trump’s fit of temper has earned support from across the political spectrum. That may just be the start.

Ronald Reagan had a message about free trade with Canada that Donald Trump needs to hear

‘We should beware of the demagogues who are ready to declare a trade war against our friends—weakening our economy, our national security, and the entire free world—all while cynically waving the American flag.’

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons, in Mumbai on February 20, 2018

Canada and India can’t seem to make a trade deal. Here’s why.

The Trudeau government’s championing of ‘progressive trade’ may further gum up complex negotiations that have dragged on for years