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Stuck on a Spoke: Proliferating Bilateral Trade Deals are a Dangerous Game for Canada

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  • William B.P. Robson

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

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Canada’s Minister of International Trade, David Emerson, heralded a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association in June by saying “Canada is back in the game.” In July, the government announced talks on free trade with Colombia, Peru and CARICOM (the Caribbean Community). While the new agreement is an overdue triumph over special interests, and western-hemisphere liberalization offers economic and political benefits, a broader view of trade policy shows that Canada has fallen behind — and is perhaps even playing in the wrong arena.

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Paper provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its series e-briefs with number 47.

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Length: 5 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Publication status: Published on C.D. Howe website, August 2007
Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:47

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Keywords: international policy; trade strategies; NAFTA;

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Cited by:
  1. William B.P. Robson, 2008. "Safe Harbours: Providing Protection for Canada's Money-Purchase Plan Sponsors," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 110, January.
  2. Patrick Georges, 2012. "Trade Diversification Away from the U.S. or North American Customs Union? A Review of Canada’s Trade Policy Options," Working Papers 1205E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.
  3. Patrick Georges, 2009. "Dispensing with NAFTA Rules of Origin? Some Policy Options for Canada," Working Papers 0904E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.
  4. Yvan Guillemette & William B.P. Robson, 2007. "Realistic Expectations: Demographics and the Pursuit of Prosperity in Saskatchewan," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 107, November.

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