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De-fragmenting Rules of Origin

Rules of origin have many uses in the global economy, including whether a product qualifies for preferential treatment in a free trade agreement, but, the complexity of these rules can undermine their  effective use within cross-border supply chains. A recent report, authored by Laura Dawson and Brian Staples, commissioned by the Canadian Council of Chief […]

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Dawson at Council of Foreign Relations

On Friday, June 13, Laura Dawson spoke at the Council of Foreign Relations Conference in New York City on NAFTA’s past and future. Other panelists ncluded Shannon O’Neill, Edward Alden, and Robert Zoellick.  It was great to hear from so many Canada-watchers and supporters of smart, open North American trade.  In October, the Council is set to […]

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BC poised for vibrant LNG market despite lingering labour and environmental concerns

The atmosphere at the 2014 International LNG in B.C. Conference (May 21-23), was nothing short of electric. The optimism in the room was palpable as participants from across Canada and the world met to discuss the prospects for B.C.s liquefied natural gas development and export prospects. Premier Christy Clark’s keynote address set the tone for […]

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Special Report: Mexican Energy Sector Reform

  The government of Mexico recently initiated a comprehensive reform package to open up and restore the profitability of its energy sector through an influx of foreign capital and technology. The landmark reforms to the hydrocarbons and electricity sectors effectively end a 75-year monopoly held by the state oil and gas company PEMEX and are […]

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