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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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The Problem of Patent Protection

As negotiations progress, members are drawing lines in the TPP sand box that will determine the dynamics of future negotiating rounds. When it comes to patent protection for pharmaceuticals, these lines are deep and divisive.. Although patent issues for pharmaceuticals were not discussed in the recently-concluded Auckland round, they are likely to be on the […]

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What’s the Deal on Dairy in the TPP?

Ever since Canada got serious about seeking membership in the TPP, the spectre of eliminating supply-managed dairy has haunted the process. Domestically, the government has maintained a sharply diffuse position of defending supply management at the same time as it is putting everything on the table for consideration (National Post, 15/11/2011). Now that it has […]

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The TPP: What’s in it for Canada?

The members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have just concluded a round of trade negotiations in Auckland, New Zealand. The group comprises 11 countries—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam—and represents a market of nearly 658 million people with a combined GDP of $20.7 trillion. This is also […]

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TPP with Canadian Council for the Americas

Canada and Mexico officially joined the TPP negotiations on October 9. The other members are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. What are the TPP negotiations covering? What do they mean for our existing FTAs with Mexico, Peru and Chile? Is there a link with the Pacific Alliance process? […]

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Issues and Interests in the TPP

Having received the blessing of US Congress on October 9th, Canada will take its seat at the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiating table in New Zealand on December 3rd for the 15th round of negotiations towards what is being dubbed a “next generation 21st century trade agreement”. Some progress has been made in areas such as market […]

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Canada, China, and Foreign Investment

There is no shortage of controversy on the subject of Canada’s investment relationship with China – particularly in the energy sector. Dawson Strategic landed in this issue last summer with “Potash and Blackberries,” a paper written for MLI on Canada’s foreign investment review process. The paper argues that Canada’s foreign investment review process  is adequate – we […]

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A Safe and Smart Border

The Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council and Beyond the Border initiatives are nearing the end of their first year of bilateral meetings and stakeholder outreach.On December 12, Christopher Sands and I will meet at the Wilson Center in Washington to discuss the progress in the first year and to introduce our new paper “A Safe and […]

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