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Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told the Canadian Crops Convention March 6 the Canadian government is trying to restore Richardson International’s canola exports to China. (Allan Dawson photo)

Canada working to end China’s canola block, Freeland says

Montreal — The Canadian government is working hard to reopen Richardson International’s Canadian canola markets in China, says Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs. “We’re working closely with Canadian farmers and Canadian industry,” Freeland said in a brief interview after speaking at the Canadian Crops Convention (CCC) here Wednesday. “Our embassy is very focused […] Read more

Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson says China’s block on Canadian canola has now expanded beyond just shipments from Richardson International. (Co-operator file photo by Allan Dawson)

China’s block on canola seen as blowback from diplomatic spat

Montreal — Canola industry leaders attending the first Canadian Crops Convention here this week say they don’t know why China has abruptly blocked imports of Canadian canola from Richardson International, Canada’s biggest grain company. But according to a senior Richardson official it’s in retaliation to the diplomatic spat between China and Canada over the arrest […] Read more


Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, shown here Nov. 1 at a press conference in the occupied West Bank, says Canada’s objective remains getting to a Friday signing for the USMCA. (Photo: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

Dairy issue nags as U.S., Canada prepare to sign trade pact

New York/Ottawa | Reuters — Dairy remains a sticking point between the United States and Canada as the countries prepare to sign a new North American trade pact this week, according to four sources familiar with the matter. U.S. objections to Canada’s protected internal market for dairy products was a major challenge facing negotiators during […] Read more







A Holstein heifer on pasture in Quebec. (Lurin/iStock/Getty Images)

Sources say Canada ready to offer dairy access in NAFTA talks

Ottawa/Washington | Reuters — Canada is ready to offer the U.S. limited access to the Canadian dairy market as a concession in negotiations to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, two Canadian sources with direct knowledge of Ottawa’s negotiating strategy said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump said at the White House that trade […] Read more


Candian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to journalists outside the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington on Aug. 28. (Photo: Reuters/Chris Wattie)

Freeland to hold NAFTA talks Tuesday

Ottawa | Reuters — Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will meet U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Tuesday for another round of talks to renew the NAFTA trade pact, an official said on Monday, as time runs short to seal a deal. Freeland spokesman Adam Austen did not give details. After more than […] Read more

A view near the Canadian end of the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor and Detroit and is considered one of North America’s busiest trade routes. (Steven_Kriemadis/iStock/Getty Images)

U.S.-Canada trade talks grind on, ‘final’ issues unresolved

Washington | Reuters — U.S. and Canadian negotiators pushed ahead in grinding talks to rescue the North American Free Trade Agreement on Thursday, but a few stubborn issues stood in the way of a deal, including dairy, protection for media companies, and how to solve future trade disputes. A U.S. source familiar with the discussions […] Read more