- CTPL Projects
NPSIA-CTPL CANADA-US PROJECT
Blueprint for Canada-US Engagement under a New Administration
Purpose: To develop a blueprint for a joint Canada-US agenda focused on bilateral and global prosperity and security issues.
Rationale: Canada-US relations are in urgent need of renewal across a broad front to reflect the new challenges of security, trade, energy, environment, and other issues. The inauguration of a new administration on January 20, 2009 provides an opportunity to reinvigorate Canada’s most important bilateral relationship with a positive, forward-looking engagement strategy.
Means: The commissioning of papers authored by leading Canadian and US experts, peer review of all papers, and a discussion of the main findings at a workshop in December 2008. Several papers will be commissioned on each research theme to address the complexities of the issues and to provide a range of perspectives. The papers and discussions will inform a strategy document on effective Canadian engagement of the next US Administration.
Themes: The project will focus on policy areas that are critical to Canada-US engagement:
A more open and secure border for trade, investment and people
- Canada-US defense cooperation
- Arctic security, transportation, and energy issues
- The North American energy-environment nexus, including climate change
- Competitiveness and cross-border regulatory cooperation
- Institutional linkages
- Fallout of the American economic situation and its implications for Canadian competitiveness
- Scope and issue areas for greater bilateral cooperation in the Americas
- Canadian engagement with the United States and other key allies to meet the challenges of security, demography, development and prosperity globally and in our hemisphere
Policy Issues: The key research questions to be addressed in each paper include:
- What are the key challenges to Canadian interests that arise from current US policies? What changes in US policies can be expected from both a new Administration and a new Congress? How will these changes affect, both positively and adversely, Canadian interests?
- What are the common or shared Canadian and US interests in the issue area? In what respect, if any, do Canadian and US interests compete with each other in the issue area?
- What are the main obstacles to achieving traction on the bilateral policy initiatives that are being recommended in the issue area?
- What key policy and political initiatives should the Canadian government pursue with the new US administration to promote Canada’s interests?
Leadership: The project is being implemented jointly by The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL) at Carleton University. The project is co-chaired by Derek Burney, former Canadian ambassador to the United States and Senior Distinguished Fellow at CTPL, and NPSIA Director Fen Hampson. Colin Robertson has been seconded by DFAIT to Carleton University to direct the project.
For more information, please contact:
Distinguished Senior Fellow
Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
Tel: (613) 619-1867
"From Correct to Inspired: A Blueprint for Canada-US Engagement"
Canada-U.S. Op-Ed Pieces
- Donald McRae, "Moving Beyond Arctic Sovereignty," Special to the Globe and Mail (19 November 2008)
- Robin Sears, "A little courtin' would refresh Canada-U.S. ties," Special to the Globe and Mail (19 November 2008)
- June 09 BCBC discussion Paper: "The United States to 2020 and the requirement for Canadian Initiative" by Colin Robertson
- May 09 CDFAI Policy Update Paper: "After Obama’s First Hundred Days: The Pursuit of the Ottawa Agenda and the Need for a Permanent Campaign" by Colin Robertson
- April 09: "Getting It Done in Foreign Policy" by Derek Burney
- April 09 Policy Options: "Engaging Obama" by Derek Burney
- April 09 Policy Options: "Smart Partnership: Building on the Obama Visit" by Colin Robertson
- April 09 Policy Options: "Building the Canadian Brand in the US" by Robin V. Sears
- 02-02-09 National Post Comment: "A four-point plan to save free trade with the U.S." by Derek Burney and Fen Osler Hampson
- 01-21-09 Embassy Magazine: "Star Line-Up Suggests Grand Canada-U.S. Strategy" by Jeff Davis
- Jan-09 CDFAI Policy Update Paper: "Setting the Stage for the Obama Administration: The Players, the Program, and the Opportunities for Canada" by Colin Robertson
- 01-20-09 National Post: "A time for firm leadership and clear thinking" by Derek Burney and Fen Osler Hampson
- 01-20-09 National Post Opinion: "Engaging Obama"
- 01-19-09 Financial Post Comment: "Mr. Obama, tear down that border" by Patrick Grady
- December 2008 Policy Options: "Canada in Obama's world: a cork in a stormy sea" by Derek Burney
- 12-30-08 National Post: "Canada's place in an Obama world" by Derek Burney
- 12-18-08 CDFAI Issue Response Paper: "Canada, the USA, and the Financial Crisis: Risks and Opportunities" by Colin Robertson
- 12-17-08 Globe and Mail: "Toward a big North American idea" by Frank Graves
- 11-26-08 Remarks by Derek Burney at Public Policy Forum - Minto Suites, Ottawa "U.S. Election: Implications for Canada"
- 11-19-08 Globe and Mail: "Moving beyond Arctic sovereignty" by Don McRae
- 11-19-08 Globe and Mail: "A Little Courtin' Would Refresh Canada-US Ties " by Robin Sears
- 11-05-08 National Post Opinion: "The Obama Inheritance" by Derek Burney
- 10-09-08 Opening remarks by the Honourable Ron Stevens, Q.C., Deputy Premier and Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Government of Alberta, at the Canada-US Engagement Project "Authors' Workshop" in Calgary - McDougall Centre
- 10-09-08 Presentation by Hal Kvisle, President & CEO, TransCanada Corporation, at the Canada-US Engagement Project "Authors' Workshop" in Calgary - McDougall Centre: "Major Energy Infrastructure Development: Challenges and Opportunities"
- 10-08-08 Remarks by Derek Burney at Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, Calgary - Ranchmen's Club: "The Audacity of Common Sense"
- 10-04-2008 Globe and Mail: "The Great Wall of the United States" by Edward Alden
- October 2008 Policy Options Vol. 29 No. 9: "Dealing with Obama or McCain: think big and keep it simple" by Colin Robertson
- 09-24-09 Embassy Magazine: "Why Canada-US Should be an Election Issue" by David Eaves
- 09-17-08 Embassy Magazine: "Five Foreign Policy Questions For Each Party " by Fen Osler Hampson
- 09-17-08 Embassy Magazine: "Canada-US Engagement After the Elections" by Michael Hart
- 06-20-08 Remarks by Derek Burney at Deputy Ministers' Retreat, Ottawa: "Getting Ready for the Next Administration"
- 04-07-08 Globe and Mail: “Our free trade priorities needn't include Mexico – There's a host of Canada-U.S. issues crying out for attention” by Derek Burney
- 03-15-08 Globe and Mail: “The sabre-rattling on NAFTA is worrying, but take it as an opportunity” by Michael Hart and William Dymond