Recent News

Canada’s Trade with Mexico: Why it Matters

  A new report  by Laura Dawson for the Canadian Council of Chief Executives  identifies a visa requirement for Mexican travelers as a major impediment to Canada-Mexico relations. The 2009 visa, put in place to combat bogus refugee claims, has seriously affected travel, investment and Canada’s reputation in Mexico. With Mexico poised to become the […]

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Is Mexico the New Norway?

On December 20, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law landmark energy reforms that will open up Mexico’s oil and gas sector to private investment.  Mexico has been closed-off to such investment since the sector was nationalized in 1938 and Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) has operated as a state-owned monopoly since that time.  Among […]

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The future is bright for Norway-Canada trade

Forecast growth rates for services trade and investment between Norway and Canada for 2013-2018 are expected to increase at a much higher rate than trade in goods according to a recent report by Dawson Strategic.  Despite a decline in Canada-Norway two-way trade in goods during the 2008 to 2012 period, services and investment provide opportunities […]

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Remembering Bob Pastor

We are so sorry to hear that one of the world’s leading NAFTA scholars Robert Pastor  passed away on January 9, 2014.  Even in his final days, he was a champion of the North American Community.  Here is some advice he gave to students and colleagues following a recent NAFTA conference in Washington: ”Enjoy yourselves. Remain […]

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North American Vision

For several months the Dawson Strategic Team has been involved in a special research project looking at the evolution of the NAFTA and future prospects for North American competitiveness. Together with my co-authors Christopher Sands (Hudson Institute) and Duncan Wood (Mexico Institute), we conclude that the best way for Canada, the United States and Mexico to achieve global competitiveness is by […]

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Xena takes Dawson Strategic to task on TPP

Yes, Xena, Warrior Princess, known in real life as Lucy Lawless, responded to our report on the TPP recently published by the Fraser Institue. We are pleased to see that our ideas inspire debate among mortals and superheroes alike.      

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Did You Know?

Students in Point Roberts, a Washington town just south of Richmond, BC, cross an international border every day to attend school in their own state. That’s because the Canada-U.S border divides this peninsula from the mainland. In related news, high school administrators report abnormally high student absences because “the dog ate my passport”. **This is […]

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Fall Happenings

New projects popped up like dandelions this summer and Dawson Strategic enters the fall with a full workload of interesting commercial and trade policy issues. Recent publications include papers on the effects of current trade negotiations on the Canadian pharmaceutical industry, and prospects for Canada in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We have a forthcoming paper on […]

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Defensive Interests key for Canada in TPP

In “Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Entering a New Era of Strategic Trade Policy”, recently published by the Fraser Institute, we examine some of the reasons why the TPP is important for achieving Canada’s trade objectives. The TPP provides Canada and its other members with the opportunity to address issues such as electronic commerce, digital […]

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Launch of Canada-U.S. Energy Technology Leadership Group

Recent investments in the energy sector in Canada and the U.S. have led to significant advances in innovative, cutting-edge technologies that increase the safety and efficiency of resource development. In response to the rapid development of this industry and a constantly changing policy landscape, senior management executives from Canadian and American companies formed the Energy […]

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