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The U.S.-Canada Two-Way Economy

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With the focus on Europe’s economic woes and China’s clout, it’s easy to overlook that our nation’s largest geographic border, Canada, is also our largest trading partner.  Although, it works well most of the time, there are some tensions, like  over duty-free status, controversial energy projects, and imbalances in tourism traffic.  We’ll look at how these issues affect the bottom dollar in both countries. 


  • Edward Alden - Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. His research includes U.S. economic competitiveness and U.S. trade policy. He’s also author of  The Closing of the American Border, which looks in part at what happened at the U.S.-Canada border after 9/11. He has also worked as a reporter in Canada in the 1990's.
  • Tom  Velk - economics professor with McGill University in Montreal. He directs the North American Studies Program and focuses on monetary economics and public policy. He is a Canada-wide media freelancer and former economics editor for CFCF Television, Montreal..

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