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Canada publishes stakeholder comments on borders and regs

As the clock ticks down on the Canada-US Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation initiatives, businesses and interest groups are taking advantage of the public comment process to influence the governmental agendas for these programs.  The US sought comments on regulatory cooperation through a Federal Register notice while Canada established a dedicated consultation website.  Both of […]

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DRIC at last?

About 30 percent of the goods sold between the U.S. and Canada are trucked across the Detroit River. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel can’t handle tractor-trailers, leaving the 82-year-old Ambassador Bridge to handle all heavy truck traffic. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder stated on August 21 that he is confident a state bridge authority will be in place by […]

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Expecting the Unexpected in DC

The day after I arrived in Washington,  Mother Nature provided a seismic reminder to expect the unexpected.  Perhaps that will be a lesson for my research on “North American Competitiveness in a Post-NAFTA World.”  I am thrilled to be starting a policy research project at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  The Woodrow Wilson […]

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Is There Life Beyond the Border?

The Obama and Harper governments have big plans to make the border easier for traders and travellers.  The Beyond the Border (BTB) initiative is the kind of high-level bilateral cooperation that we haven’t seen since the pre-NAFTA days.  But, unprecedented cooperation and nimble government footwork will be required to put meat on the bones of this agreement.  […]

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