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Beyond Labels: Comparing Proposals for Closer Canada-U.S. Economic Relations

Backgrounder by Danielle Goldfarb

Danielle Goldfarb’s report looks at suggested proposals aimed at building stronger Canada-US economic relations. Despite core differences in the proposals, she finds there to be much in the way of consensus – regarding both the need for a coherent strategy and its principal elements. Goldfarb contends that future policy discussions should focus on a deeper substantive assessment of the desirability, feasibility, and details of a set of possible Canada-US initiatives.

Goldfarb notes that debate on how to best manage Canada-US economic integration has typically focused on process issues: should the Canadian government propose a new arrangement or pursue incremental change? However, Goldfarb argues that process issues can divert Canada’s attention from important discussions pertaining to substantive projects might improve and secure access to the US market.

Goldfarb suggests there is considerable work ongoing, within the public service, on this very question. She outlines some of the main visions for Canada, as espoused by a number of government officials, including: increasing Canada’s share of the US market, strengthening investment flows, broadening regulatory cooperation, and increasing Canada’s presence in the United States. Goldfarb concludes that a clearer analysis of the desirability and feasibility of various substantive elements is needed.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Danielle Goldfarb;
Publisher: C.D. Howe Institute [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Canada - U.S. Relations
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Canada - U.S. Relations / 2003
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance

Keywords / Tags:

Canada-U.S. relations; economic relations; strong relationship; proposals for strengthening the relationship; process issues;