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Business must help fix free trade


Things have changed a lot since the founding of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995. Once a symbol of an inevitable march toward global free markets, today it more often serves as a reminder of how quixotic that process has become. Fatigue is spilling over to the bilateral and regional level, where there has been a flurry of negotiations, but few meaningful outcomes. Who would fault busy executives for turning their attention to other things?

Many would like to blame the current state of affairs on out-of-touch bureaucrats and short-sighted politicians. Yet the business community has responsibilities too. Companies and their representatives need to define new priorities and c ...



Canadian Chamber Unveils Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2015

Ottawa, February 5, 2015— Either we act urgently to improve our competitiveness or we will pay a high price in lost jobs and prosperity. Three years ago, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched its Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness. In collaboration with its network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade, the Canadian Chamber has been drawing attention to the barriers that are holding back Canada’s progress and has been urging all levels of government to act more swiftly to improve our country’s ability to compete globally.

Posted on 05-02-2015

The measures that matter: How Canada’s natural resources sector is working to protect the environment

Ottawa, December 23, 2014 — Natural resources are essential to our quality of life; they help build, fuel and feed the world. While natural resource production is needed to support growing global prosperity, it is also clear that there are implications for the environment. In a report published today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce examines the ways in which Canadian industry and governments are addressing the environmental challenges of resource production, specifically within the forestry, mining, and oil and gas sectors.

Posted on 22-12-2014

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