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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.

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...
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...
Daniel Schwanen - NAFTA: Butter’s Last Stand?
Intelligence Memos
From: Daniel Schwanen To: Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Global Affairs Date: April 17, 2018 Re: NAFTA: Butter’s Last Stand? Canadians are accustomed to paying more for milk and dairy products than...
Jon Johnson - Stand Up For Trade
Intelligence Memos
From:  Jon Johnson To:  Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the US Senate Finance Committee Copy to:  Members of Congress Date:  March 28, 2018 Re: Use the Extension Disapproval Process to Regain Control of...
Christopher Sands - Playing Chicken with Canada, Mexico and the North American Auto Industry (Part One)
Intelligence Memos
Intelligence Memo Flashback: US NAFTA negotiators have amended their position on content rules for the auto industry. This is a major breakthrough in the negotiations because the issue was one of the...

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28 Mar 2018
Mar
28
  • Canada’s Trade Agenda
Roundtable Luncheon with Timothy Sargent, Deputy Minister of International Trade, Global Affairs Canada
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Sponsored by:
Barrick Gold Corporation
02 Feb 2018
Feb
02
  • Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada
Canada’s 2018 Foreign Policy Agenda
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Friday, February 2, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
29 Nov 2017
Nov
29
  • Inside Access: Head on Collision: The Fate of Autos under NAFTA
Conference Call with Dennis DesRosiers, Jon Johnson, and Christopher Sands
Conference Call
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm

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