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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...
Brenda González-Hermosillo - Bringing Financial Services into the NAFTA Renegotiation
Intelligence Memos
To: NAFTA negotiators From: Brenda González-Hermosillo Date: December 15, 2017 Re: Bringing Financial Services into the NAFTA Renegotiation Much has been said recently about the objectives and...
Jon Johnson - Don’t Be Nervous. Take Charge
Intelligence Memos
As NAFTA renegotiations proceed through the summer and fall, the C.D. Howe Institute Intelligence Memos will be looking at what to expect and provide analysis on the latest developments at the table...
Daniel Schwanen - China Opportunities Are What Canada Will Make of Them
Intelligence Memos
From: Daniel Schwanen To:  François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade Date: December 4, 2017 Re: China Opportunities Are What Canada Will Make of Them Your visit to China with the...

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  • Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada
Canada’s 2018 Foreign Policy Agenda
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  • Inside Access: Head on Collision: The Fate of Autos under NAFTA
Conference Call with Dennis DesRosiers, Jon Johnson, and Christopher Sands
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  • The Elephant and the Mouse: Reflections on the Canada-US Relationship
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