Take Stock – October 26

Canada is pushing European Union countries to drop subsidies for agricultural products at talks aimed at reaching a bilateral free-trade agreement.

HALLOWEEN DISTRIBUTORS

5016 51st Ave.

Red Deer

403-340-0352

•Manager

Aaren McNary

•Type of business

Retail sales of Halloween costumes and related supplies.

•Opening date

Sept. 28

SWERKSOUND AUTO ELECTRIC

No. 7, 7667 49th Ave.

Red Deer

403-506-0544

•Owner

Steve Sverdahl

•Type of business

Automotive electronic products and services, including remote starters, security systems, and audio and video.

•Opening date

Aug. 4

360 FITNESS

No. 107, 5301 43rd St.

Red Deer

403-347-1707

•Owner

Jack Wheeler

•Type of business

Personal training studio and group fitness facility.

•Opening date

Aug. 3

New business that have opened in Central Alberta within the past three months and wish to be listed here can send their information to Harley Richards by email (hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com) or fax (403-341-6560).


Canada opposes

EU subsidies

Canada is pushing European Union countries to drop subsidies for agricultural products at talks aimed at reaching a bilateral free-trade agreement.

At the same time, European countries want Canada to get rid of its supply management systems for dairy, poultry and egg products, something Trade Minister Stockwell Day insists is not on the table. “Our supply side sectors are not things that we negotiate,” Day said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“We have established many bilateral and multilateral agreements with that understanding, and that’s how we’re proceeding on this one.” Some experts, however, say that kind of intransigence will make reaching a new trade deal with the Europeans virtually impossible.

Michael Hart, a research fellow at Carleton University’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law, goes so far as to say the talks are nothing more than a political exercise and a waste of time and money.

“What’s negotiable is not worthwhile, what’s worthwhile is not negotiable,” said Hart. “Canada is not going to give up supply management in a bilateral negotiation with the EU,” he said. “Canada is not going to give up ownership restrictions on the cultural industries.

“And the EU is not going to adapt any of its regulations to accommodate Canada.”