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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
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
The harsh reality: Canada’s in a near-impossible situation on NAFTA, experts say Subscriber content
For Ottawa, opening up the dairy industry will be the price of a trade deal Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
Combination of tariffs and tax cuts could prove toxic for U.S. workers Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
Subsidizing rural bus service would take Canadian taxpayers for a ride Barrie McKenna
BoC boosts benchmark rate to nearly nine-year high of 1.5%, says trade hit likely to be bigger than earlier forecast Subscriber content
A U.S. product boycott may make Canadians feel better, but it will hurt more than just Americans Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
How Canadian dairy farmers became Trump’s punching bag Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
China is now the ‘adult in the room’ when it comes to trade Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
Canada’s efforts to appease our grumpy neighbour were always doomed Subscriber content Barrie McKenna
Canada’s economic outlook would be rosy, if it wasn’t for that U.S. trade war Subscriber content
Poloz cites litany of unknowns as he fails to provide hint at interest rate hike