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A happy daybreak to you! Shari Kulha back at the desk, compiling these wee briefs for your morning edification. Unsurprisingly, Trump dominated the news once again, with only Canadian oil breaking the mould.


Trudeau’s remarks after G7 will cost Canadians “a lot of money,” Trump warned from Singapore, having been upset by the PM’s comments; Trump had thought everyone was happy after Charlevoix. Watching TV afterward, he said “(Trudeau’s) giving a news conference about how he �will not be pushed around’ by the United States. And I say, �Push him around? We just shook hands!” But, Trump being Trump, he vowed to straighten us out. “And it won’t even be tough.”


At last, a thumbs-up for Canadian oil — but, Peter Tertzakian asks, will anybody notice? Canada is ranked the second most responsible oil producer in the world by Berlin-based Transparency International — yet for too long, Tertzakian says, self-appointed judges have demoted our oil and gas industry to the bottom of the world’s producer list. Among 28 oil-producing countries that fill almost 90% of the world’s oil tanks, we rank only below Norway.


Dairy has emerged as the latest flashpoint between the U.S. and Canada as they renegotiate NAFTA. The sector is worth $21 billion, and Trump complains that tariffs, as high as 314 per cent, are unfair to the U.S.В But, with enough concessions, dairy farmers say, the value of their production quotas, worth about $25,000 per cow, could fall against other countries.


How should Canada respond to the Trump-quake? By not being stupid,В William Watson writes.В Trade with the rich folk who live just down the road will always be best for Canada. We should keep our trade and investment policies liberal and get rid of policy stupidities such as supply management, Watson says. But, if we decide we now have to keep supply management because Trump wants us to get rid of it, the craziness is on us.


Trump’s trade tirades underscore the need for us to diversify away from the U.S. oil market, CAPP boss Tim McMillan said at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary. “If there is ever a time to reassess decisions made even a year or two ago, it is now.” Geoffrey Morgan writes that CAPP is urging government to build pipelines to our east and west coasts.

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