School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

2017 Queen's Institute on Trade Policy [image]

October 15 - 17, 2017

Room 202 Robert Sutherland Hall, Queen's University
138 Union Street, Kingston, ON

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Theme

Canada is at a risky crossroads in its commercial policy. The prosperity and growth of its small open economy depend on international trade and investment, but we face unprecedented challenges with a new American President who decided to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and renegotiate, or “modernize”, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to put Americans first. The potential global ripple effects of a U.S. retreat from a rules-based trading system bring considerable risk for Canadians. At the same time, some citizens in the advanced economies think that trade has not worked for them. Developing an inclusive or progressive trade agenda will require expanding trading opportunities to reach and benefit broader groups who previously have not been the focus of trade policy. .

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Economic relations with the U.S. have been at the centre of Canadian economic policy since before Confederation. A predominant, perennial objective for Canadian trade policy should be to maintain access to the (North) American market and to US-centered supply chains that is as good as or better than any other country. Part of the School of Policy Studies Public Policy & Canada’s 150 initiative, this year’s trade institute focuses on key challenges Canada faces in the NAFTA renegotiations. Will it create a new model for North American economic integration, or undermine the basis of Canadian prosperity? How should Canadian officials analyze the country’s interests? Drawing on the experience of former negotiators and academic trade experts, the training objective for the Institute is to help a new generation of federal, provincial and territorial trade policy practitioners to acquire the skills and perspectives needed to develop trade negotiation strategies, and to provide networking opportunities with their counterparts in other departments and levels of government. The Institute is designed for officers who already have considerable experience with the basics of trade policy and negotiations. The breakout sessions will be organized to allow more experienced participants to go deeper among themselves on issues arising from the presentations while enabling participants newer to trade policy to consolidate what they have learned in separate sessions. Background reading material will be available on a special web page for participants in advance.

2017 Presentations

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