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Intellectual Property Issues in Canada’s Trade Agreements

In two recently released papers by the Fraser Institute and the Macdonald Laurier Institute, we examine the issue of Canada’s intellectual property commitments for pharmaceutical products in free trade agreements. In “Strong Medicine: Can Free Trade Agreements Cure Canada’s Pharmaceutical Ills?” published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, we argue that, as a condition of accepting IP […]

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Did You Know?

One of the largest criminal anti-dumping cases in U.S. history involved honey laundering. Dubbed as ‘Project Honeygate’, the product was imported illegally from China to avoid duties of more than 200%, and some of the honey was even adulterated with antibiotics! The investigation resulted in charges of about $3 million. That’s a buzz-kill for anyone […]

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Staking Out Sensitive Territory in the TPP

 For more than a year, TPP partners have been holding their breath in hopes that the world’s fifth largest economy would join the negotiations.  Except for its membership in the WTO, Japan has been a reluctant player in regional and bilateral FTA fora. It has held back because of a number of domestic protectionist measures, […]

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Introducing the Council of the Great Lakes Region

On April 12, 2013, the Mowat Centre of the University of Toronto and the Canada-U.S. Law Institute of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland successfully launched the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR).  Dawson Strategic played a key role in the inception of this organization. While still maintaining DS client work, Laura Dawson will serve […]

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Isn’t that what diplomats are supposed to do?

In a May 10 OpEd for iPolitics, I questioned the fairness of Miningwatch’s criticisms of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico under the watch of Ambassador Guillermo Rychinski and argue that a timid foreign service is the last thing Canadian business needs when it is trying to develop a foothold in emerging markets.  Following is an excerpt: […]

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Looking Beyond LNG Exports

By Jeffrey Phillips, Energy Consultant and Guest Contributor The terms “game changer” and “revolution” are typically used to describe the shale gas phenomenon in North America, and rightfully so.  The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (or ‘fracking’) has made the recovery of natural gas from shale economically viable, leading to increased natural gas […]

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Budget 2013 Stays the Course on Trade

By Stefania Bartucci Receiving this year’s budget, I felt like a kid at Christmas who was really hoping that Santa would pony up for a Nintendo Wii, and instead discovered some new socks and pajamas under the tree.  You know you need them, but socks and PJs won’t entertain you for hours on end. No […]

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Is a trilateral border strategy even possible?

Last week Stefania and I visited the border quagmire that is the Cornwall-Massena crossing. Despite my claims of being a  border “specialist” I ended up facing seizure of my vehicle and stiff fines because I turned right to visit the Akwasasne Mohawk community on Cornwall Island instead of proceeding “forthwith” to the temporary customs checkpoint […]

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One Part Proximity, Nine Parts Good Will

In a paper released by the Fraser Institute as part of a collection of essays on the U.S. election,  Laura Dawson argues that Canada-U.S. economic relations have been on autopilot since the 1989 Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. In light of the recent shift in economic focus towards Asia, the leaders […]

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Dawson awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal

I was surprised and delighted to receive a Diamond Jubilee Medal in December 2012.  60,000 medals have been presented to Canadians to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen’s Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.  I was nominated by the Macdonald Laurier Institute in recognition of my contribution to Canada-United States relations. Thanks to Brian Lee Crowley and his team at […]

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