Monday, November 15, 2010

Cooperation in Moving Forward: Surface Trade up 25.3%

Year-over-year NAFTA surface trade up 25.3%

Published November, 03 2010

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 25.3 percent higher in August 2010 than in August 2009, reaching $68.0 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in August 2010 remained 5.9 percent below the August 2008 level despite the 2009-2010 increase.
U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $39.9 billion in August, up 21.1 percent compared to August 2009. The value of imports carried by truck was 23.2 percent higher in August 2010 than August 2009, while the value of exports carried by truck was 19.8 percent higher. Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in August with $5.4 billion. 
Surface transportation consists largely of freight movements by truck, rail and pipeline. In August, 86.3 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land.
Canada is working with the U.S. in improving the movement of goods and people including adding new capacity.
Provide safe, efficient and secure movement of people and goods across the U.S.-Canadian border in the Detroit River area to support the economies of Michigan, Ontario, Canada, and the United States.  - Detroit River International Crossing Project RFP
How would a new level of taxes on fuel for affect the movement of goods by NAFTA members?
To estimate total job losses from the NDP’s climate plan, I built simplified input-output model for BC using data from Statistics Canada and BC Stats.20 Input-output analysis is typically used to estimate impacts on employment, because it can estimate both direct and indirect impacts from shocks to the economy. The reduction in industrial output, as shown in the table above, would likely cause over 60,000 job losses, with 31,000 direct losses. These losses would be avoided with a more comprehensive GHG pricing policy.  - Mark Jaccard  Climate Policies BC-NDP
Government has a role to play with taxpayers money: Effective leveraging of private and public partnerships in building bridges, sustainable development in greening Canada is better than simply adding regulation and taxation to curb behaviour.
Greening Canada's Economy: STDC Annual Report 2009   STDC 2009 Supplemental Report
“We welcome the findings of the Auditor General,” said Minister Strahl. “Our government moved quickly to launch the Economic Action Plan and in doing so we successfully balanced speed and accountability by putting the appropriate management controls in place to move forward thousands of projects that are making a difference to Canadians across Canada.”
“Our government has partnered successfully, and continues to partner with provinces, territories and municipalities,” said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who launched the Economic Action Plan in 2009. “Safer roads and highways; upgraded water and sewer systems; improvements to colleges and universities; enhanced community services and better housing – this is infrastructure that matters to Canadians.” - Government Response to A.G. report
Cooperation in moving forward in 2010 would be a welcome break from the relentless political games on the Hill.
It would be interesting to have the media, opposition parties, special interest groups look at these joint efforts and how the positive outcomes noted in the A.G. reports could be factored into the debate for moving forward on entitlement programs such as health care and social services. 
Bob Rae jokes Craig Oliver Host CTV QP did a good job as NDP Jack Harris
When Bob Rae spoke in Parliament in June 2009 about an Afghanistan, I was highly skeptical. I defer to the judgment of Laurie Hawn. Laurie Hawn is a retired military officer that has chosen a life of public service. He has been asked to assume many roles including Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Privy Councillor. His numerous trips to Afghanistan and grasp of the Afghan file gives me confidence. I am not interested in repeating the toxic political games as witnessed during the maternal health debate. CBC: Power & Politics and CTV: Question Period had Bob and Laurie make the case for action in areas they have common ground.
The overtures by two senior members in the LPOC to the realization of the facts in Afghanistan to find some common ground on the deployment of training does give hope a few adults remain on the other side. It will be a shame if the media combine with the negative forces try to derail this effort. Bob Rae Foreign Affairs Critic was apt in pointing out (jokingly) that Craig Oliver did a great job as the NDP critic who was not available due to technical difficulties. He was not kidding. The host was simply beside himself trying to create a wedge and a reason for conflict.
Many of these projects were started before the Conservatives came to power. Significant projects will require a length of time that is beyond a single mandate or government and should not be used to score cheap political points.    What do you think?
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