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American Corn and Canadian Trade Actions: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

E-Brief by Lawrence Herman

In response to the Canadian government’s trade dispute against the US Farm Bill subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Lawrence L. Herman questions whether this action represents a market-based approach to multilateral forums, or if it is merely a response to domestic pressures. Herman asserts that a market-based approach would help Canada regain lost influence at the WTO. However, he also notes that seeking greater liberalization in the grain market with this action, while simultaneously retaining a supply management philosophy in the dairy and poultry markets, denotes more of a political move than a policy shift. While Herman suggests the federal government’s response to the trade dispute is a step forward for Canada’s agricultural market, he considers the continued ‘caving’ to domestic pressure coupled with the problems of a minority government to mean that Canadian policy on the issue is still in retreat.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Lawrence Herman;
Publisher: C.D. Howe Institute [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2007; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Imports & Exports
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Trade Disputes
Policy Articles / Labour & Markets / Subsidies
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance
Policy Articles / Labour & Markets
Policy Articles / Labour & Markets / Price Controls
Policy Articles / Labour & Markets / Price Controls / 2007
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Imports & Exports / 2007
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Trade Disputes / 2007
Policy Articles / Labour & Markets / Subsidies / 2007


Keywords / Tags:

Canada; USA; trade; grain; agriculture; trade disputes; market access; subsidies; pressure groups; minority government; liberalization;