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Foreign goods wait to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. AP Photo/Nick Ut

What is a tariff? An economist explains

A global trade war seems well underway as China and the US exchange targeted tariff attacks. An economist explains what they are, how they work and why they matter.
A welder fabricates a steel structure at an iron works facility in Ottawa on March 5, 2018. U.S.President Donald Trump’s stated intention to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could start a trade war. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada can’t win a trade war with the United States

Ottawa seems utterly unprepared for a trade war with the United States. The recent federal budget upholding equity values is noble, but won't mean a thing if the government runs out of cash.
The imposition of steep duties on imported solar panel components could jeopardize thousands of jobs in the industry. Reuters/Mike Blake

How Trump could undermine the US solar boom

A trade spat could jack up the cost of going solar, killing jobs and obstructing efforts to do something about climate change.
The U.S. is slapping tariffs on China-made aluminum, which could lead to a trade war. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Why the US shouldn’t start a trade war with China

Some fear that recent actions against China taken by the Trump administration mean we're on the verge of a trade war. What would be the cost?
Eliminating trade barriers on green technologies could help countries to shift away from fossil fuels. from www.shutterstock.com

How trade policies can support global efforts to curb climate change

Climate change will have a big impact on the global economy, for better or worse. We explore four issues that bring climate and trade negotiations head to head.

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