Janyce McGregor

Parliamentary Bureau

Janyce McGregor has covered Canadian politics for CBC News since 2001. Send news tips to: Janyce.McGregor@cbc.ca

Latest from Janyce McGregor

Canada rejects calls to end trade talks despite Brazil's stand on Amazon

International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr's office says Canada will continue its trade negotiations with Mercosur, the South American trading bloc that includes Brazil, despite demands to call a halt to the talks until more action is taken to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Veterans Affairs tightens social media vetting after Nazi gaffe in VE-Day video

Veterans Affairs has reviewed how it approves videos for posting on social media "to ensure rigour and accountability," following an embarrassing incident last May that saw Minister Lawrence MacAulay apologize for a VE-Day tribute that "erroneously" included footage of German, not Canadian soldiers.
Analysis

Liberals far from done spreading $1.3B in tariff revenue to steel, aluminum sectors

The Liberal government's pledge to use all the revenue it collected from Canada's retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel, aluminum and other products to support its domestic industries is driving a wave of spending announcements leading up to the fall election.

Scheer says 'nothing can happen' on Canada-U.K. trade deal for now

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, who supports the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, said Tuesday that while he believes in preparing for eventualities, now is not the time to conclude a free trade agreement between Canada and the U.K.
Analysis

Canadian businesses need more than optimism from Boris Johnson

Britain's new prime minister will need more than his can-do attitude to keep trade growing between Canada and the U.K., after a late decision by his predecessor scuppered a deal that was set to keep the terms of the existing European Union trade agreement in place.

Dairy imports off to a slow start in Pacific Rim trade deal

As dairy, egg and poultry farmers wait for the Liberal government to explain the details of a $3.9 billion compensation package promised in this spring's federal budget, a serious threat from imports under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has yet to emerge.

Senate enables 'extremely hasty bill' to change trade rules

On the day the Senate rushed through legislation to temporarily suspend one of Canada's international trade obligations — citing fears of as-yet-unspecified "surges" — Donald Trump sat beside Justin Trudeau and said the current trade situation for North American steel is "very well taken care of."
Analysis

Bill Morneau's hasty bill to protect the steel industry carries risks

The broad political support greasing the wheels of C-101, Finance Minister Bill Morneau's new legislation to change Canada's trade safeguard rules, may obscure the calculated risk the Liberal government is taking with its strategy to protect the steel industry.

NAFTA bill lets Trudeau cabinet wait and see what U.S. Congress does

Strategic legislative drafting may allow the Trudeau government to pass an implementation bill for the revised North American trade agreement next month - while still giving Canada the flexibility to respond if the U.S. Congress changes the deal.
Analysis

Steel yourself, Canada: Tariff deal falls short of 'a full lift'

The agreement to end steel and aluminum tariffs points to where the Trump administration's protectionism may head next - and it's not really a return to a North American free trade zone for steel and aluminum products.

Canada reveals final trade safeguards for heavy plate, stainless steel wire

The Canada Border Services Agency served notice Friday of the final safeguards that will shield the domestic steel industry from competition from cheaper foreign imports of heavy plate and stainless steel wire.

Morneau continues trade action on 2 foreign steel products, drops it for 5 others

Only two kinds of foreign steel imports, heavy plate and stainless steel wire, will continue to face trade remedies to protect Canada's steel industry, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Friday, following a trade tribunal report which saw no justification to keep protecting five other products.

The federal budget bill can't actually 'free the beer'

Justin Trudeau said this year's budget bill does what the Harper government could never do: free the beer. There's just one problem: only the provinces can free the beer, and most of them haven't — including Doug Ford's Ontario, despite its first budget being otherwise loaded with booze measures.

New NAFTA could add $62B to U.S. GDP, boost jobs, Congress told

The case for ratifying the revised North American trade agreement got a boost Thursday with the release of a new analysis by the U.S. International Trade Commission that predicted economic gains for all three partners if its changes are implemented.

Canada exempts $110M more of U.S. imports from retaliatory tariffs

Earlier this week, the Finance Department quietly added $110 million worth of products and businesses to its list of exemptions from Canada's retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports. While this relief protects jobs, it undermines pressure the Trudeau government wants to keep on the Trump administration.