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Obama’s Strategy for North America

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Does he have one?  I’d like to know. Given the demise of the Bush-era SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership), and given the economic doldrums and protectionist pressures on the administration, it’s hard to find anyone thinking strategically about making this continent and its integrated industries more competitive vis-a-vis other areas of the world. The SPP had many, many flaws — but what will take its place, if anything?

I’ll be asking these questions and more as the moderator of a panel discussion tomorrow that will bring together officials from the State Department, the office of the US Trade Representative, as well as specialists in Canada-US relations.

The discussion will be part of an annual policy conference put on by the Canadian American Business Council entitled, “What ever happened to the North American Market? Implications for Canada/US relations.”

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