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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...
Why ‘Softwood V’ could become Canada’s toughest trade fight: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
It haunts us still. Softwood lumber is back, the defining Canada-U.S. trade dispute of the ages. The preliminary duties announced Tuesday are designed to affect billions of dollars of Canadian...
Canadian Free-Trade Deal a Good Start, But Must Go Further: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
At this time of anxiety surrounding international trade relations, it was encouraging to see a new Canadian free-trade agreement arrive on the scene Friday. Unveiled by federal, provincial and...
Konrad von Finckenstein - Tweaking NAFTA
Intelligence Memos
From: Konrad von Finckenstein To: The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Global Affairs Date: February 22, 2017 Re: Tweaking NAFTA After his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau on...

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