The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Status and Next Steps for Canada

(Disponible en français : Le Partenariat transpacifique : situation actuelle et prochaines étapes pour le Canada) With the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations frequently in the news, that agreement may be uppermost in the minds of legislators and Canadians. However, for Canada, gaining greater access to growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region would support efforts…

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The Supreme Court of Canada’s Re-Examination of Internal Trade: The Case of Beer

(Disponible en français : Affaire Gérard Comeau : Le commerce intérieur bientôt dans la mire de la Cour suprême du Canada) About 150 years ago, Canada’s Fathers of Confederation contemplated trade across provincial boundaries when drafting section 121 of the British North America Act, 1867, now the Constitution Act, 1867. According to section 121, “[a]ll…

Update – Ratifying and Implementing Trade and Investment Treaties in Canada

Under Canada’s constitutional system, the conduct of foreign affairs is a royal prerogative power of the federal Crown. Consequently, the Executive Branch has the exclusive power to negotiate and conclude international treaties. Parliament has the exclusive power to enact legislation to implement those treaties. As Canada continues to enter into such treaties, a number of…

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Changes in the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Sector

In 1993, the last year there was a major revision of the Telecommunications Act, telecommunications consisted mostly of voice communication over landlines. At that time, revenue for wireless communications amounted to just over 6% of the revenue for landline (or wireline) communications; today, wireless revenue has grown to almost 150% of that for landline. While…

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Canada-China: Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement comes into force

Pascal Tremblay Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division 30 September 2014 (Disponible en français: Canada-Chine : L’accord sur la promotion et la protection des investissements entre en vigueur) Between 2003 and 2013, China’s direct investment in Canada increased from $216 million to $16.7 billion, while Canadian direct investment in China grew from $838 million to $4.9 billion.…