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POLICY - TRADE & INFRASTRUCTURE
Jim Carr, the former natural resources minister, was shuffled into his new role on July 18 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Confident and well respected, Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr’s business roots will help in new role, say insiders

‘He can get into a room with senior politicians and business leaders and convey confidence,’ says Eric Miller, a former senior policy adviser to the embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
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Five MPs were sworn in as new ministers, expanding the front bench to 35 from 30, while 11 existing cabinet members were shuffled to new posts or had their titles and responsibilities altered. No one was dropped.
Fearing more Canadian tariffs against other countries, some steel users are hiring lobbyists for the first time.
News|Neil Moss
The Liberals' commitment to the North is being questioned as the Senate Banking Committee's recommendation to fund of research on a 7,000-km northern transportation system is unheeded.
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'In addition to mismanaging infrastructure funds meant for improving provincial and municipal infrastructure, the Liberal government is also mismanaging its own federal infrastructure projects,' writes Conservative MP Michael Chong.
'When I came [to Canada], the infrastructure that was available to me, such as recreational facilities, soccer fields, libraries, [the] public transit system, enabled me to succeed.'
'For the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and for Nunavut, you’re getting pretty significant GDP gains if we improve that quality of [infrastructure] transportation,' says report co-author Professor Kent Fellows.
If Canadians want to be innovative, they have to realize development and trade are not mutually exclusive.
Canada is set to start formal trade talks with the South American bloc Mercosur, meanwhile it's ready to sign the revised TPP this week, as Donald Trump says he'll impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Ports and airports want the federal government to pick up the pace with grant approvals, while the 2018 budget indicates that billions of dollars worth of infrastructure spending planned for this or next fiscal year will instead be delayed to later years.
Transport Minister Garneau introduces the government's overarching transportation plan, Transportation 2030, in Nov. 2016.
The recommendation is one of dozens included in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ pre-budget submission, and comes in tandem with sustained pushes from the advocacy body to ensure local players are setting the priorities for Ottawa’s multibillion dollar infrastructure plans.
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Union head Jerry Dias says labour negotiator Pierre Bouchard is 'like a pitbull terrier with an abscessed tooth.' Here's a look at him and others overseeing key files in the talks for Canada.
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