Reuters: Despite Trump talk of ‘tweaking’ NAFTA, Canada could still be hurt. Although U.S. President Donald Trump says he only wants to tweak trade ties with Canada, his pledge to renegotiate NAFTA to focus on Mexico is almost impossible and Canada will not emerge unscathed, Canadian officials and trade experts said on Tuesday. Trump had warm words for Canadian trade following a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, but his call for major changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement to target Mexico stymied experts. Meanwhile, Canada and Mexico send the bulk of their exports to the United States under NAFTA. A story by David Ljunggren and Andrea Hopkins.
New York Times: Canada’s Conservatives Seek a Champion, and Redemption. In many other Western democracies — including the big one just to the south — the political right has been on the rise lately, rallying behind leaders who tap into voters’ anger, frustration and fears. But Canada’s Conservatives are in the political wilderness, still smarting from their defeat by Justin Trudeau and his Liberals in October 2015, and lacking a permanent leader to replace Stephen Harper, the former prime minister, who quickly dropped from sight after the election. So the Tories are asking: Who can take up our standard, cross swords with a charismatic and popular opponent, and lead us back to power in Parliament? Ian Austen explains.
CNBC: Tech start-ups upset about Trump are turning to Canada. Uncertainty over the Trump administration’s immigration policy and travel ban has technology start-ups increasingly looking to Canada. Political uncertainty led a group of entrepreneurs to set up True North, a for-profit venture designed to help U.S. tech workers with H-1B visas to relocate to Vancouver. San Francisco based payment start-up Kash plans new hires in Toronto because of fear of disruption from the Trump administration. By Stephanie Dhue.
Los Angeles Times: Trump and his immigration politics are redefining Canada, and helping its tech sector. Rapidly though incoherently, President Trump is redefining America’s place in the world. Inevitably though accidentally, he is doing the same to Canada — a perilous situation, but one that presents certain opportunities. Read the full story by Stephen Marche.
CNN: Fleeing America: Why refugees are risking life and limb to escape to Canada. Hussein Ahmed and Mohamed Hossain moved as quickly as they could through the waist-deep snow. They were fleeing the United States for Canada, terrified but determined to get to safety. The two men were part of a group of five Somalis who crossed illegally through Mexico into the United States, begging for asylum there. Now they find themselves crossing a border to beg for asylum all over again.
Channel News Asia: Canada PM Trudeau to talk up trade in Europe. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will seek to quell protectionist headwinds when he travels to Europe to mark the EU parliament’s ratification of a landmark free-trade pact with Canada. In a speech on Thursday to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Trudeau is expected to heap praise on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The speech will come one day after the European Union parliament is scheduled to vote to ratify CETA. Afterward Trudeau will head to Berlin for a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. He also will travel to Hamburg, Germany, where he will give a keynote address at a Saint Matthew’s dinner.
The Local: Trudeau to meet Merkel, EU to discuss controversial trade deal. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to Europe next week to about the controversial CETA trade deal. Trudeau will speak on February 16 before the European Parliament in Strasbourg to urge members to ratify a sweeping trade deal between the two sides. He will then travel to Berlin, for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and to Hamburg, to take part in an annual banquet. Trudeau, who will be the first sitting Canadian leader to address the European Parliament, will be vaunting a long-in-the-making deal known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Trudeau’s meeting with Merkel will focus on “key foreign policy and commercial priorities,” according to the prime minister’s office.
BBC: Canada man missing for 30 years found after remembering identity. A Canadian man who disappeared 30 years ago is set to be reunited with his family after remembering his identity, Canadian media reported. Edgar Latulip was 21 when he went missing from a home for disabled people in Ontario province. He boarded a bus, but soon after suffered a head whiplash injury that police believe robbed him of his memory. Mr Latulip lived in the Niagara region under a different identity for decades before experiencing flashbacks. He told a social worker who checked the name Latulip and discovered it was the subject of a missing person investigation. A DNA test confirmed his true identity.
Deutsche Welle: Bombardier secures controversial state loan. The Canadian government provided a $283-million (265-million-euro) loan to Bombardier for two of the company’s jet programs, promising to defend the shot in the arm against a potential challenge by rival plane maker Brazil. The interest-free loan comes from a Canadian aerospace and defense fund targeting research and development projects. The money will be used for Bombardier’s new CSeries jet and the Global 7000 business jet. Brazil believes the loan may violate WTO competition rules.