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Canada’s auto industry future at centre of NAFTA and CPTPP negotiations 

By David Crane      

Canada’s future role, if there is to be one, will depend on the quality of our workforce, the quality of our infrastructure, the investments we make to scale up promising high-tech auto parts companies, the price of electricity, land and labour and, like it or not, the role of subsidies in investment attraction and retention.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured recently on the Hill. The future of the auto industry is at the centre of negotiations by Canada both in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—Perhaps no other industry has been the focus of so much government concern and support over the past 50-plus years than the automotive and auto parts industry. This remains the case today; not least because it is important to so many communities—and ridings—across the rich economic and political belt of southern Ontario, but also because it is an industry that has been shrinking in Canada. With the Trudeau government under the gun to ensure an automotive future for

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