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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21st Century Trade Agreements: From NAFTA to the TPP

(Disponible en français : Accords commerciaux du 21e siècle : de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain au partenariat transpacifique) Given the size of its economy and relatively small population, Canada places considerable importance on international trade. It is not surprising that Canada has been negotiating bilateral and regional trade agreements in recent years, especially since members…

National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: An Update

(Disponible en français : Stratégie nationale d’approvisionnement en matière de construction navale – Mise à jour) In June 2010, the federal government unveiled its National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to renew and modernize the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard over the next three decades. The NSPS was introduced to provide…

Part II: The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply: Assessment of Potential Technologies

(Disponible en français : Partie II : La sécurité internationale de l’approvisionnement en isotopes médicaux : Évaluation des technologies potentielles) (This is the second in a series of two HillNotes on The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply. Part one explores progress in Canada and abroad.) The main technology options available to produce molybdenum-99 (99Mo)…

Part I: The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply: A Work in Progress

(Disponible en français : Partie I : La sécurité internationale de l’approvisionnement en isotopes médicaux : Un travail de longue haleine) (This is the first in a series of two HillNotes on The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply. Part two provides an assessment of potential technologies.) The global supply of medical isotopes remains uncertain, despite…

Television Policy in a Changing Environment

(Disponible en français : La politique télévisuelle dans un environnement en mutation) When it comes to Canadian television policy, it has always been tricky to balance the interests of consumers, content creators, and broadcasting and distribution companies. Corporate integration, rapid technological change and shifting viewing habits make it even trickier. In its latest review of…

Banks and Consumer Protection: Not Exclusively Parliament’s Jurisdiction

(Disponible en français : Banques et protection des consommateurs – Une compétence fédérale, mais pas exclusivement) In recent rulings, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified some constitutional issues concerning federal and provincial authority in regulating certain banking practices. Section 91(15) of the Constitution Act, 1867 gives Parliament the power to regulate “banking, incorporation of banks…