December 12, 2014
12/12/2014 Duncan Wood and Rachel Bronson via Forbes.com
North America is fast becoming the epicenter of a transformation in global energy. Canada, Mexico and the United States are bringing to market huge new energy resources that were too expensive or politically risky to exploit until recently. According to the Energy Information Administration, North American oil and gas growth is expected to exceed all of OPEC’s over the next decade.
But despite North America’s huge energy potential, the United States, Mexico, and Canada all face serious obstacles in getting their energy resources to market. Skills gaps and low public support for energy infrastructure stand in the way of a potentially rich North American energy future. As the three North American energy ministers prepare to meet in Washington on December 15th, they must develop innovative policy solutions to overcome these barriers and create the necessary support structure to fully realize North America’s emerging energy boom.
November 20, 2014
11/19/14 Leader Post
Raul Gatica Bautista fled Mexico for Canada in 2005 with a bullet wound in his stomach and scarring on his face, grim testaments to the abuse the indigenous rights activist says he suffered at the hands of the Mexican police. Canada accepted him as a refugee then, but Gatica Bautista says this country would turn him away today because of changes last year that placed Mexico on a list of 42 countries deemed safe by the federal government. Asylum seekers from these countries have fewer appeal options and are deported faster than refugee claimants from other countries. On Wednesday, Gatica-Bautista and groups of protesters in several cities called on the federal government to take Mexico off the so-called “safe list,” citing the recent disappearance and possible massacre of 43 teaching students in rural Mexico and the ongoing persecution of indigenous rights activists. The group No One is Illegal has launched a similar petition.
October 6, 2014
9/25/14 Hudson Institute
Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow of the Hudson Institute testified in from of the Senate of Canada Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he addresses why the Canadian relationship with Mexico matters to all three NAFTA countries.
To read his testimony please click here.
September 23, 2014
09/22/14 Mexico Institute, Canada Institute and the Canadian International Council
Critical infrastructure security and resilience (CISR) has been one of the core priorities for North American regional security cooperation since 9/11. More than a dozen years later, extensive consultation within and between the United States, Canada, and Mexico has finally begun to generate some tangible results, including ongoing information-sharing, the development of cross-border emergency response procedures, and joint exercises. These have been touted by some as signs of meaningful progress, but the nature of the results says more about the weakeness of the regional effort than its strength.
To read the report…
August 26, 2014
08/26/14 By David N. Biette, Director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center. Americas Trade Policy
Photo by Flickr user I.A.M.
One of the many goals of multilateral trade agreements is to level the field so that companies, industries, and countries compete on the basis of market forces. This requires all participants to be willing to open their markets in protected sectors in exchange for better access to the markets of their trade partners. In order to get the benefits sought, each party to the negotiation has to give up something.
As Canada wraps up its Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU, it remains deeply involved in another very ambitious multilateral negotiation: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Canada became an observer to the TPP negotiations in 2010, but did not become a full member until 2012 because New Zealand, one of the founders of the TPP negotiations, and the United States held up Canada’s request due to concerns about Canada’s supply management of dairy, poultry, and eggs, as well as the longstanding U.S. complaint about Canada’s lack of protection for intellectual property rights.
June 3, 2014
Financial Post, 06/03/14
While the United States takes an aggressive stand against fossil fuels, its neighbours to the south and north are working together to boost oil and gas production.
A high-level delegation from Mexico was in Calgary Monday to invite Canadian companies to take advantage of its sweeping energy reforms.
Endowed with massive oil and gas resources, the two countries have made their development central to their economies, while taking the view that growth and environmental protection can move hand-in-hand, not at each other’s expense.
January 9, 2014
It was going to change the world. Some said for the better and others for the worse. As we observe the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), listen to three perspectives (Canada, Mexico, US) on the successes, failures, and implications of NAFTA for future trade agreements.
Link can be found here.