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Now that US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai in her recent meeting with Canada’s International Trade Minister Mary Ng has officially taken notice of the Online Streaming Act (Bill C-11), (“Ambassador Tai expressed concern about…pending legislation in the Canadian Parliament that could impact digital streaming services“) this raises the question as to whether aspects of […]

The war grinds on. Every day we see distressing, tragic coverage of the brutal destruction wrought by Russian forces as they try to crush Ukraine’s resistance. How and when it will end is not evident at this point. The invasion is about territory, forms of governance, national ambitions, history and culture. Russia under Putin refuses […]

The announcement on January 9, 2022, that Canada and Taiwan have agreed to launch exploratory discussions toward conclusion of a Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) has been a long time coming–and is very timely. It may constitute a down-payment on an Indo-Pacific Strategy that is reportedly under preparation in Ottawa. Discussion of a possible FIPA […]

China surprised many in the trade policy world last September by formally applying for membership in the 11 country “Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership” (CPTPP), the trade agreement that rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the 12 country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is no guarantee that the current members will agree to negotiate […]

China’s application on September 16 to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the eleven state plurilateral trade agreement that was signed in 2018 after the United States withdrew from its predecessor, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is a clever political and strategic move on China’s part. It also raises the question as to whether China […]

For months, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has been grappling with how to deal with Google (and Facebook) over the controversial issue of requiring major internet intermediaries to compensate Canadian news publishers for news content appearing on the platforms’ services. Canada has been carefully watching developments in France and Australia, where both governments have been engaged […]

Back in mid-November, something significant happened in Asia, largely unnoticed. While most of the western world continued to grapple with daily reports of increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, (well before the word “variant” became part of our everyday vocabulary), and while we watched transfixed to see whether Donald Trump would succeed in overturning the expressed […]