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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.

Patents, Copyright and Competition: Assessing the Impact of Trade Deals on Canada
March 30, 2017 - Daniel Schwanen and Aaron Jacobs
Controversial changes to drug patent and copyright rules required under Canada’s recent trade deals will have manageable side effects, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “...
Aftershocks: Quantifying the Economic Impacts of a US Border Adjustment Tax
February 14, 2017 - Dan Ciuriak and Jingliang Xiao
The imposition of a border adjustment tax (BAT) by the United States would hit Canadian exporters hard, according to a C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Aftershocks: Quantifying the Economic Impacts of...
Protectionism and Retaliation
January 25, 2017 - Dan Ciuriak and Jingliang Xiao
Canada, along with Mexico, is particularly heavily exposed to trade with the United States, and there is considerable speculation about how Canada should react if the United States moves unilaterally...
The Art of Breaking the Deal: What President Trump Can and Can’t Do About NAFTA
January 18, 2017 - Jon R. Johnson
Despite President Trump’s threats to “tear up” NAFTA, he cannot unilaterally withdraw the US from the deal, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The Art of Breaking the Deal: What...
Playing from Strength: Canada’s Trade Deal Priorities for Financial Services
November 29, 2016 - Daniel Schwanen, Jeremy Kronick and Ramya Muthukumaran
Despite trade deals facing opposition, Canada still has key opportunities to expand its global presence, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Playing from Strength: Canada’s...
Investor-state Dispute Settlement in CETA: Is it the Gold Standard?
October 24, 2016 - Tony VanDuzer
CETA’s investment dispute provisions have become a lightning rod for critics of the trade pact within Europe, but in its current form, the CETA text represents a significant improvement from past...
Canada’s trade policy must focus on NAFTA – and also far beyond: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s House of Commons speech last week signalled a new direction in Canadian foreign policy. In doing so, the Canadian government has to be sharply focused on...
Rick Ekstein - Softwood Lumber and the Forgotten Value-Added Sector
Intelligence Memos
To: The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs From: Rick Ekstein Date: June 19, 2017 Re: Softwood Lumber and the Forgotten Value-Added Sector There has been much press lately about the...
Ben Dachis - Fixing Stumpage Fees is the Saw-Off Solution to the Softwood Dispute
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis To: François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade CC: Provincial ministries of natural resources; Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic...

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21 Sep 2017
Sep
21
  • Progressive Trade in the Age of President Trump
Roundtable Luncheon with Dan Ciuriak, Brian Kingston and Steven Verheul
Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive, British Columbia & Manitoba Suite
Thursday, September 21, 2017,
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
11 Sep 2017
Sep
11
  • The Global Financial Crisis: Did the Authorities Fail Again?
David Laidler Lecture with Timothy Congdon and Charles Goodhart
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Monday, September 11, 2017,
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
30 Aug 2017
Aug
30
  • Dr. Catherine Mann, Chief Economist, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Roundtable Luncheon
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Wednesday, August 30, 2017,
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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