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Building a Partnership: The Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement is a selection of papers and commentary, drawn from a September 1998 conference held at Michigan State University, examines in detail the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. The work underscores how this pact paved the way for the North American Free Trade Agreement. The work also includes essays written by Canadian and American policy makers, including Derek Burney and James Baker, III; these are augmented by a series of insightful papers and commentary written by scholars and informed observers. Roger Porter, from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, summarizes and places the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement into a framework for the future, one that includes trade agreements with other countries in the Western Hemisphere. This analysis of Canada's bilateral trade agreement with the United States is timely and thought-provoking.

With Contributions By:
James A. Baker, III
James Blanchard
Derek H. Burney
William A. Dymond
Geza Feketekuty
Michael Hart
Gary Hufbauer
Barbara Kotschwar
Mordechai E. Krenin
Richard G. Lipsey
Peter McPherson
Mustafa Mohatarem
Sylvia Ostry
Roger B. Porter
David B. Schweikhardt
Konrad von Finckstein
Paul Wonnacott

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Building a Partnership 1
Contents 6
A Reunion of Trade Warriors from the Canada-U.S. Trade Negotiations: Remembering How it Happened 8
The Successful Quest for a Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement 12
Part One: The Negotiations 22
Present at the Creation: The American Side 24
Present at the Creation: The Canadian Side 32
The Negotiating Process: A Panel Discussion 42
Part Two: Economic Issues 62
The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement— An Overview 64
Economic Consequences of Free Trade: A Canadian Viewpoint 70
The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: The Issue of Assured Access 88
Part Three: Issues in the Negotiations 104
Agricultural Issues in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement 106
Dispute Settlement Under the Free Trade Agreement 124
Automotive 132
Cultural Issues 136
Part Four: Canada-U.S. Free Trade and the Future 140
An Ambassadorial View 142
Disarming the "Undefended Border": Rationale for a Canada-U.S. Customs Union 149
Trade in Services 166
Regional Dominos and the WTO: Building Blocks or Boomerang? 177
The Future of Regional Trading Arrangements in the Western Hemisphere 193
About the Conference Participants 208