Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 4:54PM EDT
It was clear for months before Donald Trump finally pointed his finger this week at “some very unfair” dairy policies north of the border that Canada was sleepwalking toward a trade dispute that would threaten, once and for all, the survival of supply management in the milk sector.
Politicians in Wisconsin and New York warned then-trade minister Chrystia Freeland last summer that a move by Canadian regulators to shut out U.S. imports of ultra-filtered milk could trigger a trade war that would bring the whole system of supply management crashing down. But such warnings were simply dismissed by Canadian officials as sour grapes on the part of a U.S. dairy industry upset that a once-lucrative loophole in Canada’s dairy tariff wall was being nailed shut.More »
Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 3:16PM EDT
On Thursday, the day after British Prime Minister Theresa May sent her goodbye letter to the European Union, J.K. Rowling used a slapstick tweet to conjure up an image that the anti-Brexiters no doubt adored. “Happy Boxing Brexit Day! The name derives from a ritual dance in which we skip around a burning bus while punching ourselves in the face.”More »
Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 4:18PM EDT
There is a reason the Quebec government is pressing Ottawa to pony up $1.3-billion for a new Montreal light-rapid transit line before the establishment of a new federal infrastructure bank.
Would any bank worthy of the name even invest in this project?
The proposed $6-billion Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) would be majority-owned by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the giant provincial pension-fund manager, and link downtown Montreal to Trudeau airport and distant suburbs to the city’s west, south and north.More »
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Sean Silcoff joined The Globe and Mail in January, 2012, following an 18-year-career in journalism and communications. He previously worked as a columnist and Montreal correspondent for the National Post and as a staff writer at Canadian Business Magazine.