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  • 04/24/14--09:51: Did You Know?
  • Canada’s #1 cultural export is romance. Writing and published works are Canada’s most significant cultural exports, and Toronto-based Harlequin publishing and its famous romances lead the pack. The company publishes 110 titles per month in 34 languages, reaching 110 international markets across six continents! With half its books sold overseas and nearly 95% international sales, […]

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    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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    Have you ever heard of cabotage laws? Familiar with the term “trade infrastructure”? What are your thoughts on the implications of the U.S midterm elections for Canada? These are some of the topics that the students and interns connected to Dawson Strategic have been thinking and writing about.  In place of our regular fall newsletter, […]

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    Dawson Strategic Managing Director Jeffrey Phillips is quoted in a CBC News story on the Canadian government’s new emission reduction targets. Although Canada had previously indicated aligning its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets with the United States, it now appears Canada’s targets will diverge and ultimately be less ambitious. Regardless, “whatever the new commitment is, […]

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  • 03/15/16--12:40: Work Truck Show 2016 Wrap Up
  •   It is fair to say that in the work truck world, the annual NTEA – Association for the Work Truck Industry Work Truck Show is kind of a big deal. And once again, North America’s largest work truck event broke all records with 11,905 industry professionals in attendance. The event was held March 1-4 at […]

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    The United States and Canada share the world’s largest and most comprehensive trading relationship, and the numbers tell it all. Each and every day, 400,000 people cross the border, along with over $2 billion worth of goods and services. Of course, the United States is more than just an important trading partner for Canada: our […]

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    NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry (NTEA) along with Dawson Strategic released a new Cross-Border Compliance Guide that was covered in an article from ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com on June 1, 2016. NTEA represents nearly 1,800 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the […]

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      With the surprising win of Donald Trump last week, many questions have been circling about what this means for Canada and Mexico. With this in mind, Jeffrey Phillips and Anna Barrera were interviewed by Isabel Inclán of NOTIMEX to discuss where North America should go from here. According to Phillips “It is too early […]

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      The fact that President-Elect Donald Trump has mentioned that the Keystone XL pipeline will be approved during his administration has caused some heads to turn in Canada. Trump has promised to grant a permit to the project that would carry more than 800,000 thousand barrels of oil a day from Alberta to refineries in […]

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        By Anna Barrera (Research Associate, Dawson Strategic) April 28, 2017 Canada and Mexico have had a strong relationship spanning more than 70 years. Their trade relationship grew with the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994 but has decreased in recent years. Within that relationship, the majority of Canada’s trade is […]

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    Can we improve the coordination of how trade agreements are negotiated to better support vital bi-national supply chains like those in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region? This is the key question addressed in an August 2017 Policy Options (the publication of the Institute for Research on Public Policy or IRPP) article by Mark Fisher, Jeffrey […]

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      By Noah Arshinoff August 31, 2017 There’s a lot of noise surrounding the NAFTA re-negotiations (or as Mexico and Canada like to frame it, the “modernization”). Through all the media, analysis, lobbying and politics, it is easy to get lost in the hype of it all. But what is most crucial as we head […]

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      By Noah Arshinoff September 20, 2017 Sunset clauses, virtue signaling, warp speed and right-to-work. Since Round 2 of NAFTA 2.0 negotiations wrapped up, these words have been bandied about in press briefings, news articles and interviews. Needless to say, there remains an incessant amount of speculation and rhetoric about what’s happening at the bargaining […]

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      October 10, 2017 By Noah Arshinoff and Samukele Ncube If round 3 of the NAFTA re-negotiation was trying to emulate the undeserved sleepy reputation of its host city (Ottawa), it succeeded. Most contentious issues remain in the realm of political speaking points and have yet to hit the reality of the negotiating table. Politicians […]

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      November 17, 2017 By Noah Arshinoff The tone of negotiations has soured since the last instalment of this blog series. The NAFTA negotiations are now being dominated by talk of “poison pills” and a potential end to the agreement being nigh. The United States tabled a list of “poison pills” (positions so untenable there […]