Entries by Jesse Robichaud

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Eastern dealmakers watch feds fumble free trade opportunity

[:en]Free trade across America’s northern border is at risk of remaining frozen in the 1990’s as the veneer of hopeful rhetoric fades from the NAFTA negotiating table. That’s bad news in New England and Atlantic Canada where time-tested trading partners would have benefited from the fulfillment of a more modern, inclusive reboot of the deal. […]

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Scheer announces shadow cabinet

[:en]To some political observers, today’s announcement of new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s shadow cabinet does more than reveal the roster of Question Period matchups expected this fall when the House of Commons reconvenes. It can also give a glimpse into the new power dynamics at play within Scheer’s Conservative party, provide clues on the new […]

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The Hill Times – Freeland strikes alliance with populist Maine governor who understands value of trade

[:en] [As published in the August 21, 2017 edition of The Hill Times] Canada’s NAFTA lobbyist-in-chief has revealed the key but unorthodox ally she has found inside U.S. President Donald Trump’s inner circle—one who is fluent in the president’s own bombastic political language. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a committee of MPs last week […]

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A proposal for region building in Atlantic Canada: Jesse Robichaud

[:en] Ensight consultant Jesse Robichaud’s column originally appeared in the St. John’s Telegram, Charlottetown Guardian and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. Follow Jesse on Twitter @writeJR. Sure, it seemed old-fashioned. When Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil visited the province’s Lieutenant Governor last Sunday to trigger a May 30 general election, he was the last provincial or […]