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John Ibbitson

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Why the next election could be fought on trade

If Barack Obama and Shinzo Abe can hammer out a deal on agriculture subsidies this week, then next year’s Canadian election could be the first in a generation in which trade is a key issue, with Stephen Harper favouring the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Thomas Mulcair and (possibly) Justin Trudeau opposing it

Apr 22, 2014

U.S. politics holding up Harper’s trade agenda

The Prime Minister may soon have to choose whether or not to champion a TPP agreement that could end protection for dairy and poultry farmers – a very risky move politically – even though the United States might never ratify the treaty

Apr 02, 2014

The world will remember Flaherty well

Whatever Canadians might think about the finance minister’s legacy, the world will remember him as the man who sat in Canada’s chair when Canada set an example for the world

Mar 21, 2014

Will the next election be fought on free trade?

Liberals and New Democrats hope the next Canadian federal election centres on allegations of Conservative corruption and deceit. The Conservatives hope the real issue is their economic record

Jan 13, 2014

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John Ibbitson started at The Globe in 1999 and has been Queen's Park columnist and Ottawa political affairs correspondent.

Most recently, he was a correspondent and columnist in Washington, where he wrote Open and Shut: Why America has Barack Obama and Canada has Stephen Harper. He returned to Ottawa as bureau chief in 2009. Before joining The Globe, he worked as a reporter, columnist and Queen's Park correspondent for Southam papers.

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