As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama, and
President Enrique Peña Nieto meet in Ottawa today and as we
contemplate Brexit, the principles that bind Canada, the United
States and Mexico together become increasingly important. Recently,
at the United States-Canada S.A.G.E. Summit at Ohio University, Dr.
Christopher Sands and Dr. Katie Friedman discussed the principles
of the Canada-US relationship. What may be as important are the
principles of the Canada-US-Mexico trading relationship.
1. Sovereignty: We must operate as sovereign
2. Prosperity: A core principle is that all
three countries wish to prosper.
3. Reciprocity: Prosperity must be a two-way
street. There must be mutual recognition.
4. Cooperation: The rising tide raises all the
boats. We must seek opportunities to work cooperatively for the
5. Friendship: There are many relationships
between the three countries. The foundation of the relationships is
friendship. That does not mean that we give each other the keys to
the house or are over for dinner every week-end. It does mean that
that we are there for each other in times of need. It does mean
that the relationship is a special one. It does mean that when
opportunities arise to do things together on the world stage or for
each other, we will do the best we can.
6. Integration: It is important to integrate
our infrastructure in order to facilitate trade and movement of
7. Harmonization: It is important to harmonize
our laws so that trade in goods and trade in services may occur
8. Security: Our mutual security is
fundamentally important to a successful trading relationship.
9. Rule of Law: Any conflicts that arise must
be resolvable by the Rule of Law.
10. Fairness: We must treat each other
11. Transparency: Everything must be done in an
open and transparent manner.
12. Respect: We must respect that we have
different ways of doing things and different opinions and sometimes
the interests of our people may be different. That does not mean
that we must lose respect for each other.
13. Leadership: The leaders of Canada-US-Mexico
can show leadership to each other and to the World. We have an
opportunity to lead by example.
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While that agreement mandated export measures on Canadian softwood lumber exports destined for the United States, it also protected those lumber exports from the potential imposition of onerous import measures by the U.S.
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