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Barrie McKenna

Barrie McKenna
Columnist, National Business Correspondent

Area of Expertise

Trade, economics, public policy, Canada-U.S. relations

Barrie McKenna is correspondent and columnist in The Globe and Mail's Ottawa bureau. From 1997 until 2010, he covered Washington from The Globe's bureau in the U.S. capital. During his U.S. posting, he traveled widely, filing stories from more than 30 states. Mr. McKenna has also been a frequent visitor to Japan and South Korea on reporting assignments. He has also worked in Montreal and Toronto. A native Montrealer, he has degrees from McGill University (history) and Carleton University (journalism). He is also a five-time finalist for Canada's National Newspaper Awards and winner of two Canadian Best in Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Why did you become a journalist?

I was always a bit of a news junkie and writing came naturally

Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail



McGill University, B.A. History, 1983

Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 1984

Canadian Securities Course, 1986

professional affliations

Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery

Languages Spoken

English, French

Latest articles
Chrystia Freeland says Canada ‘very troubled’ by disappearance of Saudi journalist
Canada ready to shift focus to trade talks with China, Trudeau says Subscriber content
Trump tests the limits of peak ethanol Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
Ottawa risks an endless loop of Canadian farmer payouts from trade deals Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
The tariff wall Donald Trump doesn’t talk about Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
From NAFTA to USMCA: Inside the tense negotiations that saved North American trade Subscriber content
Tentative USMCA deal ends auto tariff threats as steel, aluminum levies remain Subscriber content
Proposed trade deal a ‘gut punch’ to Canada’s dairy sector, farmers say Subscriber content
NAFTA deal a heavy price for Canada’s dairy farmers Subscriber content
Taking short cuts won’t get Trans Mountain pipeline built any faster Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
Why Quebec’s good-news economic story can’t save Philippe Couillard Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
Trump takes his wrecking ball to the WTO Barrie McKenna
Investor rush into cannabis stocks won’t end well Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
A decade after financial crisis, governments are backsliding on investor, consumer rights Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
The 10-year hangover: How the long shadow of the global financial crisis endures Subscriber content
Why Canada should let Trump secure a NAFTA win Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
How a NAFTA deal could shake dairy farmers’ faith in supply management Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
Economy can tolerate higher interest rates, Bank of Canada’s Wilkins says Subscriber content
Bank of Canada holds rates steady as it eyes NAFTA fallout
Scheer’s defence of supply management has nothing to do with economics Subscriber content Barrie McKenna