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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 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...
Table Stakes: Congress Will Be Sitting across from Canada at the NAFTA 2.0 Negotiations
July 13, 2017 - Christopher Sands
A newly empowered US Congress will be holding the reins in the upcoming NAFTA talks, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Table Stakes: Congress Will be Sitting across from Canada at...
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...
Jon Johnson - Another bad US trade idea marches forward
Intelligence Memos
From:  Jon Johnson To:  The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification Cc:  Trade Officials of all WTO Members and the US Congress Date: January 29, 2019 Re:  Another bad US...
John Gruetzner - A Blueprint for China Engagement
Intelligence Memos
From: John Gruetzner To: Canadians Concerned about Relations with China Date: January 25, 2019 Re: A Blueprint for China Engagement Tensions between Canada and China have arisen over the Vancouver...
Jon Johnson - The United States Reciprocal Trade Act
Intelligence Memos
From:  Jon Johnson To:  The US Congress and the European Commission Date: January 17, 2019 Re:  The United States Reciprocal Trade Act Last May, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross challenged the WTO...

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  • 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
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  • Anchoring Sustainable Growth in Disruptive Times
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  • USMCA - Review & Impressions from the C.D. Howe Institute - SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS ONLY CALL
A special exclusive members only call with Daniel Schwanen, Vice President, Research at C.D. Howe
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