Derek H. Burney is a senior strategic advisor of Norton Rose Fulbright and former Canadian ambassador to the United States.

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An end to Canadian complacency

Aldous Huxley's Brave New World was intended as satire but there is nothing satirical about the need for Canada to be brave in meeting the challenges of a dramatically changing world. The purpose of this …

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Beyond NAFTA: Securing our economic future

For Canada, the heart of the initial Canada-US free trade negotiations was a binding, binational system of dispute settlement. The greatest risk to our trade with the United States, then and now, was arbitrary or …

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Boldly bilateral – thinking big again

Twenty-six years ago this month at the Shamrock Summit in Quebec City, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President Ronald Reagan pledged “to give the highest priority to finding mutually acceptable means to reduce and eliminate …

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Engagement, not Irrelevance

Our neighbour, principal ally and predominant trade part- ner is at war against what it perceives as a direct threat to US secu- rity. Canada cannot be oblivious to this concern. We did not have …

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From mutual respect to mutual wariness

Despite the goodwill expressed in countless personal ways by Canadians responding as true neighbours to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, relations between our countries are, in my view, at a serious cross- roads. The situation …

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Getting It Done (book excerpt)

On April 23, 1986 a group of about twenty officials from the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office, the Trade Negotiations Office, and External Affairs gathered in the Langevin boardroom to await the verdict …

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Getting It Done (extrait de livre)

On April 23, 1986 a group of about twenty officials from the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office, the Trade Negotiations Office, and External Affairs gathered in the Langevin boardroom to await the verdict …

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Judging the G20 by progress, not promises

Leaders in Pittsburgh last September designated “the G20 to be the premier forum for our international economic cooperation.” It is critically urgent, at this moment in the G20's development, to build on the G20's initial …

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NAFTA: time to plan, not panic

Calls by Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for a renegotiation or opting out of NAFTA have prompted understandable concern in Canada, and presumably in Mexico as well. These have been inflamed in Ottawa by …

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Putting the emphasis on excellence

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)  awards announced earlier this year represent a strategic public policy initiative that is certain to bring exceptional research and innovation dividends to Canada. The concept was transformed into policy …

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