Guest: Dr. Meredith Lilly, Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and former international trade advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
About: In August 2017, Canada, Mexico and the United States began talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, initiated largely in keeping with an important campaign promise by the Trump Administration. As you might expect, the negotiations have been difficult, with US negotiators tabling a series of protectionist demands, or so-called “poison pills”, that have not been well-received by Canadian and Mexican counterparts. Originally slated to be completed before the end of 2017, negotiations are ongoing, with the sixth round of talks having just finished in Montreal last month. What are some of the roadblocks to renegotiating this agreement? What is at stake for both Canada and Mexico economically?
Dr. Meredith Lilly is the Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs and Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She was also a former international trade advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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