AmCham E-Communique: August 4, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada) e-Communique about current and upcoming activities, AmCham initiatives and links to articles of interest.  

AmCham Canada National Update  

U.S. Senate approves Kelly Knight Craft as ambassador to Canada ahead of NAFTA talks
Republican fundraiser still needs to present credentials in Canada before appointment begins. Kelly Knight Craft is one step closer to officially becoming the next American ambassador to Canada. The Republican fundraiser's nomination was approved by the U.S. Senate Thursday afternoon in a unanimous voice vote. Read more         

USTR Releases NAFTA Negotiating Objectives
Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer releases a detailed and comprehensive summary of the negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Read more

AmCham Canada Submits Comments to USTR and Global Affairs on NAFTA Modernization Priorities
Ottawa – AmCham Canada has submitted comments on behalf of its members to the Office of the United States Trade Representative and to Global Affairs in preparation for the upcoming NAFTA negotiations.  "We were pleased to be able to offer the views of our AmCham Canada membership on priorities for the renegotiation of the NAFTA" said AmCham Canada National Chair Rick Tachuk. "The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has proven itself as a critical driver of economic growth and job creation in both the United States and Canada for over two decades."  Read more

Canada wants renewed NAFTA to include easier cross-border movement of labour 
Ottawa – Enhanced labour mobility is high on the list of goals for the Canadian government as it gears up for the start of negotiations on a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement. Source: rdnewsNow

U.S. Chamber Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Canada's "Promise Doctrine"
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) issued the following statement in response to Supreme Court of Canada ruling in AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc. The Court ruled in favor of innovative drug company AstraZeneca and rejected use of Canada’s controversial “Promise Doctrine” policy to overturn patents. Read more

THE 2017 SELECTUSA INVESTMENT SUMMIT in Washington, (June 18-20, 2017) was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. area and welcomed more than 2,800 participants from 64 international markets and 51 U.S. states and territories. AmCham Canada was proud to be a part of the most successful SelectUSA Summit ever in Washington!  Thank you to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Chargé d'Affaires Elizabeth Moore Aubin, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Christopher Quinlivan and Commercial Investment Specialist Bojan Opsenica for making the Summit such a rousing success for AmCham Canada and the entire Canadian delegation!

U.S., CANADA AUTO UNIONS TEAM UP ON NAFTA: Labor unions representing auto workers in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday issued a joint set of priorities they said must be addressed in a NAFTA renegotiation. The four priorities include strengthening labor standards and raising wages, balanced trade, real "made in North America" rules and a fair share of benefits for workers in each country, according to a statement from the United Automobile Workers and UNIFOR. The labor groups highlight the fact that U.S. and Canadian vehicle and auto parts trade deficits with Mexico have grown since NAFTA went into effect. Elevating labor standards and wages in Mexico "are the key," according to a joint statement from the two unions, which represent 245,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada. "We would have welcomed the participation of representatives from Mexican free trade unions in the auto sector but there are none that can speak for Mexican workers - and that is at the core of the problem," the statement said.  Source:Politico   

In the News 

Business, Trade and Economic 

  • Trump administration announces Aug 16 start date in D.C. 1st round of negotiations to be followed by additional talks in Mexico, Canada, CBC News
  • Canada lobbies U.S. before NAFTA talks, "We have to hammer, hammer, hammer away at this and when we're exhausted, hammer again," said one that the message is simple: "We are your largest client." Since Trump's inauguration, Canadian politicians and officials have made almost 160 trips, meeting 14 cabinet members, almost 200 lawmakers and more than 40 state governors and lieutenant governors, Reuters
  • Boeing decision stokes U.S.-Canada trade tensions. Boeing has launched a trade complaint against Bombardier, Politico
  • Trudeau says Trump told him he does not expect to subject Canadian steel and aluminum to face tariffs on national security grounds, CNBC
  • The auto industry was the biggest trade driver between Canada and the U.S. in 2016, data released Monday from Statistics Canada shows, BNN
  • Liberals offer $2 billion to update trade routes between U.S. and Canada. Proponents will be able to provide their proposals by Sept. 5, with funding to start coming out early next year, Global News
  • Canada trade data show economic strength ahead of rate decision with record highs in imports and exports in May, Globe and Mail
  • Canada, U.S., Mexico agriculture chiefs meet on NAFTA re-negotiation, say they have "relatively few" differences on agricultural trade, BNN
  • Canada-U.S. softwood deal possible by next month: forestry analyst, Globe and Mail

Politics, Policy and Think Tank 

Market Pulse, Culture and Blogs 


  • On August 14th through 17th, The Canadian Consulate in Miami is holding a Canadian Water & Energy Innovation Roadshow. Find out more info here.
  • On September 12th through 14th The Canadian Consulate in Houston is currently looking for innovative Canadian companies interested to showcase their Clean Technologies by attending the Canadian Clean Technologies Showcase. Find out more info here.

Upcoming Events

  • Toronto: August 9 – NAFTA Workshop and Governor of Nebraska’s Luncheon, for more information here

Recent Events  

  • July 24, 2017 AmCham Members Reception (hosted by PHN Chapter) 
  • Jun 18-20, 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit (Washington)
  • Jun 15 U.S. Canadian Summit Montreal (supported by Quebec Chapter)
  • Jun 13 Pacific Chapter – NAFTA 2.0 Breakfast Discussion (Pacific Chapter)
  • Jun 08 Event with Minister Deron Bilous, Alberta Economic Development & Trade (Western Chapter)
  • Jun 04 (Toronto) 10th Annual SEUS-CP Conference – Trade Partnerships at Work

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