The Canadian Freedom Institute is researching free and fair trade solutions to grow the Canadian economy.

After 2020, Canada will be looking to expand markets both at home and abroad. How will we find the right balance between free and fair trade in order to increase economic opportunity for more Canadians and people around the world?

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What is the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership?

By |February 10th, 2021|

One of the largest and most comprehensive trade agreements in the world may soon get even bigger. We’re talking about the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), an 11-country pact that the United Kingdom has officially expressed interest in joining. Below is a primer on the CPTPP, why it’s important and what we should expect in the days and months ahead.

When protectionism goes from bad to downright ugly

By |February 1st, 2021|

Earlier this week the Biden administration once again made protectionism official U.S. trade policy in issuing the Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers. Of course this is not new. Whether Republicans or Democrats occupy the White House, protectionism remains good politics as it has since the first Buy American policy came to be in the 1930s. Of course, history shows clearly that this very protectionism exacerbated the negative effects of the Great Depression. But as the saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So here we are.

The Biden administration must hold China to account

By |January 26th, 2021|

Joe Biden’s presidency is barely one week old and already he has issued a flurry of executive orders covering everything from immigration to minimum wage and food insecurity. He’s also once again killing the Keystone Pipeline (KXL) and rejoining the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Canadian companies warned not to be complicit with abuses in Xinjiang

By |January 19th, 2021|

Canada's top diplomat expressed 'grave concern' on behalf of the Canadian government concerning the ongoing human rights abuses against Uyghur ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang region of northwest China.

Trump-Style Trade Policy Is Here To Stay

By |January 15th, 2021|

With the inauguration just days away, media and the chattering classes are telling us massive change will be forthcoming. In some respects they are correct; after all, a new party and president will occupy the White House, the makeup of Congress is different and a new cabinet will be sworn in. In short, of course there will be policy changes with a new administration.

Will global trade power up the next roaring 20s?

By |January 1st, 2021|

While no one will be upset to see 2020 draw to a close, uncertainty is likely to linger into 2021 as COVID-19 vaccine rollout and efficacy becomes the predominant focus of governments worldwide. For workers, businesses and families that just want life to return to the pre-pandemic normal, patience and hope will be required. Yet there is reason to be hopeful.

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