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Shaping the Future of the North American Economic Space: A Framework for Action

Research Report by Wendy Dobson

In this article Wendy Dobson examines ways through which Canada can protect its economic position in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the US, of September 11, 2001. Dobson argues that, considering the US political system, only a “Big Idea” will succeed in this regard, which she defines as “next steps toward deeper integration.”

Three Big Ideas are examined by Dobson. The first is a customs union, based on adopting a common external trade policy. The second is a common market, which would “free up the movement of people and flows of capital and technology.” The third is a strategic bargain, a Big Idea that would allow Canada to flex its muscle in areas where the US desires greater harmonization (namely border security, immigration and defense) to achieve common market-like advantages.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Wendy Dobson;
Publisher: C.D. Howe Institute [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International; National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Military & Defence / National Security
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Border Security
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Trade Disputes
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / North American Integration
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance
Policy Articles / Military & Defence
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / North American Integration / 2002
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Trade Disputes / 2002
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Border Security / 2002
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / National Security / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

Big Idea; integration; trade; harmonization; border; immigration; common market; ;