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This research area covers rules governing trade between Canada and other countries or among Canadian provinces, the impact of trade restrictions or of their removal, and policy issues affecting the ability of Canadians to compete in world markets, including questions of international economic cooperation.

The March into Trade Wars: US Policy Aims and the Implications for Reconciliation
August 2, 2018 - Dan Ciuriak
August 2, 2018 —The long trade peace that took hold with the signing of the GATT in 1947 is over, according to an analysis published by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The March into Trade Wars: US...
Foreign Direct Investment in Canada – The Case for Further Openness and Transparency
July 26, 2018 - Daniel Schwanen
Canada’s performance in attracting foreign direct investment faces serious headwinds, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Foreign Direct Investment in Canada – The Case for...
Weaponizing Uncertainty: Trade Policy under the Trump Administration
June 19, 2018 - Dan Ciuriak and Meredith Crowley
The Trump Administration is deploying uncertainty as a new weapon in trade protection, according to an analysis published by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Weaponizing Uncertainty” authors Meredith...
Canada’s Progressive Trade Agenda: NAFTA and Beyond
June 14, 2018 - Dan Ciuriak
Ottawa should press its progressive trade agenda, which is a response to the global rise of anti-globalization, with trading partners other than Washington, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe...
Understanding the Volatility of the Canadian Exchange Rate
February 8, 2018 - Martin Eichenbaum, Benjamin K. Johannsen and Sergio Rebelo
Contrary to popular belief, commodity prices are not the best predictor of the future exchange rate for the Canadian dollar, according to new research from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Understanding...
The NAFTA Renegotiation: What if the US Walks Away?
November 28, 2017 - Dan Ciuriak, Lucy Ciuriak, Ali Dadkhah and Jingliang Xiao
The US request to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) opens up the possibility of the trade agreement lapsing. In "The NAFTA Renegotiation: What if the US Walks Away?" authors...
Christopher Sands - How U.S. Midterm Results Will Affect Congressional Approval of the USMCA
Intelligence Memos
To: David MacNaughton, Canada’s Ambassador to the US From: Christopher Sands Date: November 9, 2018 Re: How U.S. Midterm Results Will Affect Congressional Approval of the USMCA The results are in,...
Daniel Schwanen - Canadian interest and possibilities in avoiding a “hard Brexit” (Part Two)
Intelligence Memos
Read part one of the memo To: Canadian businesses and diplomats in the EU From: Daniel Schwanen Re: Canadian interest and possibilities in avoiding a “hard Brexit” (Part Two)  Date: October 31, 2018...
Jon Johnson - Clarity still needed on USMCA auto rules of origin
Intelligence Memos
From: Jon Johnson To: Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Auto Industry Date: October 24, 2018 Re: Clarity still needed on USMCA auto rules of origin The automotive rules of origin in the new...

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30 Oct 2018
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30
  • Managing Expectations: Doing Trade with the Trump Administration
Roundtable luncheon with Mary Ballantyne, Jeff Boyd, and Trevor Tombe
Calgary, 421 7 Avenue Southwest, Suite 4000
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
22 Oct 2018
Oct
22
  • Standing Against the Tide: Canada’s Place in a Strange New World
Annual Scholars' Dinner with Michael Ignatieff, President, Central European University, and Former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Monday, October 22, 2018, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
15 Oct 2018
Oct
15
  • Anchoring Sustainable Growth in Disruptive Times
Annual Sylvia Ostry Lecture: Jonathan T. Fried
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Monday, October 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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