The Prime Minister's trip to China last week sparked a flurry of media coverage regarding prospects for "closer" economic ties between Canada and China.
The Harper government argues that a Canada-U.S. border deal is necessary because Canadian exports have been and are being hampered by the thickening of the border since the 9/11 terror attacks.
The official line we hear every day is that the Canadian fundamentals are great, while other countries are in deep trouble because they are spending beyond their means and borrowing too much.
The Harper government has been negotiating a comprehensive border deal with the U.S. The idea is that we will benefit economically while satisfying the U.S. that we are solid on national security.
The release of today's Monetary Policy Report from the Bank of Canada follows yesterday's announcement of no change in interest rates, the latest in a long series.
The CAW has just released a 20-minute video featuring none other than yours truly giving a short lecture about the economics of the proposed Canada-EU free trade agreement (a.k.a. CETA).
This past week has seen two very significant victories in the long battle against Canadian exports of asbestos.
It has been a commonplace for right-wing continentalists to insist that without binding agreements between Canada and the United States, Canadian exports will be shut out of the American market.
So long as the world trade system imposes no requirements for balance or mutual benefit, protectionism (official or unofficial) will always make sense for individual countries.
The recently announced sale of New Brunswick Power to Hydro Quebec is another alarm bell for the Canadian economy.