On 2 January 1988, Canada and the United States signed what was then the most comprehensive free trade agreeement the world had ever seen. This book is the story of those FTA negotiations, the preparations for and conduct of the negotiations, as well as the ideas and issues behind them. From their unique perspective as participants, Michael Hart, Bill Dymond, and Colin Robertson capture the drama and the personalities involved in the long struggle to make a free trade deal. They describe the extensive consultations, the turf-fighting among insiders, the innate caution of both politicians and bureaucrats, and the need to cultivate powerful constituencies in order to overcome the inertia of conventional wisdom.
Michael Hart is Senior Adviser, Trade Policy Studies, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and Adjunct Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. Bill Dymond is Canada's Ambassador to Brazil. Colin Robertson is Director General, Communications, in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration.
Foreword Preface 1 The Fork in the Road Part One: Setting the Stage 2 Policy Origins 3 No Anchor, No Rudder, No Compass: The US Setting 4 Preparing the Way 5 Reaching a Decision 6 Forging Ahead 7 Getting Ready Part Two: Negotiating an Agreement 8 The Summer of Innocence 9 The Fall of Impatience 10 The Winter of Discontent 11 Spring Again: Moving Rocks 12 The Summer of Despair 13 Impasse in September Part Three: The Real Thing 14 What Had Gone Wrong? 15 A Near Run Thing 16 The Lawyers Take Over 17 Conclusions: A Good Agreement Note Chronology of the Canada-US Free-Trade Negotiations Glossary of Trade and Related Terms Suggestions for Further Reading Credits Index About the Authors