Trudeau figures out how to get things done in Washington: Laura Dawson in the Globe and Mail

Persistence, strong relationships, linkage of interests, and a long-term strategic focus are the keys to working through challenges in Canada-US relations, writes Laura Dawson. By Laura Dawson, June 21, 2019 Sometimes good diplomacy means doing the opposite of what your impulses tell you to do. This week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Washington to… Continue reading Trudeau figures out how to get things done in Washington: Laura Dawson in the Globe and Mail

Knowledge gaps create opportunity for mischief among U.S. legislators as USMCA ratification stalls: Laura Dawson for the Globe and Mail

With no strong consensus in the United States pointing toward ratification and a lot of competing priorities on the Congressional agenda, it will be a long time before the United States fully ratifies the deal, writes Laura Dawson. By Laura Dawson, April 8, 2019 We are in the midst of the national ratification process for… Continue reading Knowledge gaps create opportunity for mischief among U.S. legislators as USMCA ratification stalls: Laura Dawson for the Globe and Mail

Freeland named MLI Policy-Maker of the Year in December issue of Inside Policy

OTTAWA, ON (December 18, 2018): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to name Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland as Policy-Maker of the Year in the December edition of its national magazine, Inside Policy. Freeland managed a range of difficult foreign policy issues in 2018, from hard-nosed negotiations with the Trump administration to growing tensions with Russia… Continue reading Freeland named MLI Policy-Maker of the Year in December issue of Inside Policy

Now that the USMCA dust has settled, Canada should join Team America: Laura Dawson in the Globe and Mail

Washington may test the patience of Canadian officials charged with bilateral engagement, but no two countries are more closely aligned on security and economic issues than Canada and the United States, writes Laura Dawson.  By Laura Dawson, November 22, 2018 A week has passed and armchair quarterbacking the U.S. midterms is no longer Canada’s favourite… Continue reading Now that the USMCA dust has settled, Canada should join Team America: Laura Dawson in the Globe and Mail

USMCA – A New Era for Trade: Laura Dawson on TVO’s The Agenda

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaces the North America Free Trade Accord, which had created the largest free trade region in the world when it came into effect in 1994. MLI Munk Senior Fellow Laura Dawson was on TVO’s The Agenda to discuss what the new deal means to Canada. Of particular concern has been… Continue reading USMCA – A New Era for Trade: Laura Dawson on TVO’s The Agenda

Canada’s trade negotiators took the best deal available: Laura Dawson in the Toronto Star

The newly renegotiated United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) will do much to restore investor confidence in the North American economy, writes Laura Dawson.  By Laura Dawson, October 3, 2018 Negotiators from all sides are to be congratulated for working through a complex deal that provides benefits for all three economies and the region as a whole.… Continue reading Canada’s trade negotiators took the best deal available: Laura Dawson in the Toronto Star

Canada-Mexico relations – A lifeboat in turbulent trade waters: Laura Dawson in the Globe and Mail

Despite rumours of one throwing the other under the bus, Mexico and Canada have stuck together through the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations, recognizing that a united front gives them a strong defence against the U.S. divide-and-conquer approach, writes Laura Dawson.  By Laura Dawson, August 14, 2018 Relations between the United States and its trading partners are… Continue reading Canada-Mexico relations – A lifeboat in turbulent trade waters: Laura Dawson in the Globe and Mail

Laura Dawson explains tariffs on CBC Radio’s The House

In response to US tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canadian tariffs came into effect on July 1, 2018. Munk Senior Fellow Laura Dawson breaks down the intricacies of the duties on CBC Radio’s The House. As she explains, these tariffs will “will definitely mean a cost increase. It means that that product will be more expensive.”

With a U.S. trade war escalating, Canada’s stability is also its weakness: Laura Dawson in the Globe and Mail

As Canada’s retaliatory tariffs roll out on Canada Day, the real fireworks will be taking place at cargo crossings at the border, writes Laura Dawson. By Laura Dawson, June 29, 2018 The U.S. Section 232 national security tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum took effect on May 31. U.S. trading partners are retaliating with… Continue reading With a U.S. trade war escalating, Canada’s stability is also its weakness: Laura Dawson in the Globe and Mail

No one will win Trump’s fight between the US and Canada: Laura Dawson in the Washington Post

Everyone loses a trade war between neighbors, writes Laura Dawson. By Laura Dawson, June 13, 2018 Why did President Trump go after Canada in such a dramatic way after leaving the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec? Perhaps he wasn’t aware until he boarded his jet to leave that Canada had, two weeks prior, announced retaliatory tariffs to… Continue reading No one will win Trump’s fight between the US and Canada: Laura Dawson in the Washington Post