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“Full And Frank” Discussions

“Full And Frank” Discussions  “The participants had a full and frank discussion.”  That’s the time-honoured phrase used by diplomatic briefers required to characterize publicly what went on in a particularly…

Ottawa NAFTA Round: Still working on “bread and butter”

Advance billing for the third NAFTA negotiation this week was that following the preliminaries in Washington and Mexico City, the Ottawa Round would see the start of real bargaining.  Instead,…

The Neglected Crisis: Myanmar’s Rohingya

By Sarah Goldfeder for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Click here to read the original. The plight of the Rohingya is nothing new. In a country of 135 recognized ethnic…

NAFTA Round 2: Mexico City

In the run-up to last weekend’s second round of NAFTA negotiations in Mexico City, there were several important developments, as the principal players and key stakeholders sought to define their…

What a Difference a Decade Makes: Free Trade at 30

Written by Robin V. Sears for Policy Magazine. Click here to read the original. Donald J. Trump’s disruptive ascension to the presidency of the United States has injected a new protectionism into…

Trade Remedies Under NAFTA: STILL TIME FOR CANADA TO PIVOT TO OFFENCE

Written by Paul Moen for Policy Magazine. Click here to read the original. While Canada has characterized the Chapter 19 dispute settlement provision of NAFTA as a bottom-line condition in…

Getting to Yes: Why Fast Track Matters

Written by Sarah Goldfeder for Policy Magazine. Click here to read the original. Multilateral trade negotiations are like a game of Jenga whereby the usual caution of “Nothing is decided…

Spotlight on Freeland

Heading into the first official round of NAFTA negotiations in Washington, Canada and Mexico have staked out terrain for the coming discussion, and are increasing outreach to stakeholders, looking to…

How I tried and failed to be Métis

By Melanie Paradis for The Globe and Mail. Click here to read the original. In my early 20s, I worked for the Métis Nation of Ontario. I became deeply invested in…

The Summer Just Got a Little Hotter

We have a date and a location. The first round of NAFTA negotiations will be held in Washington, D.C. from August 16-20. Also confirmed this week is the U.S. choice…