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Welcome to the August 23 edition of Canada Institute News, our biweekly newsletter that keeps you up to date on the activities of the Canada Institute and important events and news concerning the Canada-U.S. relationship. Unsubscribe here.
Minister of International Trade Ed Fast signed a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras on Tuesday. The signing comes two years after negotiations on the deal concluded.
Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling is a target of the new Farm Bill currently being negotiated by a joint House-Senate committee. The changes come on the heels of a WTO order to bring M-COOL regulations into compliance with American free trade obligations.
Premiers Christy Clark and Alison Redford have struck a deal that will provide the framework for potential energy pipelines from Alberta to Canada’s Pacific coast.
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver met with Secretary of Energy Moniz this week in Washington and left feeling more confident about KXL’s potential approval. His visit coincides with a new IHS CERA study on the oil sands. The House Energy & Commerce Committee highlighted the study’s findings on the importance of the fuel for North American energy production. The Committee is also considering legislation that would alter the way that North American energy (oil, gas, and electricity) infrastructure projects are approved. On Thursday, the NDP came out strongly against KXL claiming that the project would send Canadian jobs to the United States and therefore, not in “Canada’s best interests.”
Troubled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to make headlines on both sides of the border. After admitting to crack cocaine use, a video was released of the mayor in the midst of a foulmouthed rant, including a threat to kill someone. The Toronto City Council is currently investigating ways to rein in the mayor’s powers.
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