Trade and US Relations

— Nov 1, 2018
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The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement: Overview and Outlook

The United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement: Overview and Outlook finds that the new trade deal to replace NAFTA represents a missed opportunity to create freer trade across North America. Not only does the new agreement leave intact protections in many sectors—to the detriment of Canadians—but when it comes to the North American auto sector, the USMCA introduces much more managed trade, even imposing limits on how many automobiles (and auto parts) Canada and Mexico will send into the United States.

— Jul 17, 2018
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Phasing Out Supply Management: Lessons from Australia's Dairy Industry

Phasing Out Supply Management: Lessons from Australia’s Dairy Industry finds that Canadian consumers and the dairy industry could both benefit from phasing out supply management. In fact, immediately following deregulation of Australia’s dairy industry in 2000, the price of milk dropped 12 cents per litre, and farm gate prices—the price farmers receive for their product—increased 56 per cent. Australian milk farmers now export about half their product, making dairy the country’s third most important agricultural export after beef and wheat.

— Jun 28, 2018
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Protecting Government from Free Trade: The “Free the Beer” Case at the Supreme Court of Canada

Protecting Government from Free Trade: The “Free the Beer” Case at the Supreme Court of Canada argues that the Court effectively nullified section 121 of the Constitution, which states that goods from any province shall be “admitted free into each of the other provinces.” As a result, provincial governments may raise barriers to any products—including beer and wine—from any other province as long as they can identify a regulatory objective in the public interest.

— Aug 15, 2017
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The Fate of NAFTA: Possible Scenarios and their Implications for Canada

The Fate of NAFTA: Possible Scenarios and their Implications for Canada finds that Canada may have to eliminate protectionist policies aimed at key Canadian industries to successfully renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in upcoming trade talks—and that could be good news for the Canadian economy in the longer-run.

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  • Professor Emeritus of Economics, Simon Fraser University