Prosperity Partner: Building the Canadian Relationship

Canada’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, is perhaps his country’s most important envoy on the world stage. In a time that is critical to the economic growth of both countries, MacNaughton’s political and business-savvy expertise bodes well as the chief voice for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C. The Detroiter recently interviewed MacNaughton, who will attend the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, on how the prime minister and his administration are  working to protect and grow businesses and jobs on both sides of the border, particularly in Michigan — Canada’s top trade partner — and the implications for Michigan and Canada under a revised North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Free Trade 101: Breaking Down NAFTA

By one straightforward measurement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been an unequivocal success. The threeparty deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico — which removed tariffs on most cross-border commerce and aimed to create a continental trading bloc capable of competing with the European Union — has led to increased trade. Since its inception in 1994, goods sold across NAFTA borders have tripled, to the tune of more than $1 trillion annually.

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Why NAFTA Matters to Business

With thousands of American companies facing potential economic impacts if the United States renegotiates or withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is aggressively working to get them involved in speaking out on behalf of the trade deal.

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Clashing Over Commerce: NAFTA’s Uphill Battle

Renegotiating a 2,000-page trade deal that has been in effect for 24 years and substantially transformed the economies of each participating country is no small undertaking. It should come as little surprise that the pace of progress through seven rounds of talks on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States has been glacial.

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NAFTA Talks Threaten Auto Industry Boom

President Trump made renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a key objective of his administration. While the automotive industry generally supports updating the 24-year-old agreement, the risk of a U.S. withdrawal remains genuine and tinkering with its fine print could unravel a global supply chain built on the untaxed movement of goods and services across borders.

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Bridging Michigan’s Border

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is far from taking shape over the Detroit River, but the long awaited, multi billion-dollar project is getting off the ground on both sides of the border. On the Ontario shore, more than 1 million tons of fill dirt have been spread on a 130 acre site to raise the low-lying area, the Canadian port of entry. Prefabricated drains have been installed and a perimeter road was built to accommodate local businesses during construction.

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Movin’ On Up: Six Legislators Poised to Make an Impact in 2018

Every two years, political junkies begin to play their favorite parlor game, “Who’s Running for Congress?” Open seats in Congress are rare, however Michigan’s strictest-in-the nation term limits law not only forces legislators from office, but also opens opportunities for legislators to climb the next rung of the political ladder. The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has not made any endorsements for 2018, but below are legislators to keep an eye on as they look to advance their careers. 

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Smart City Solutions: Michigan’s Industries Embrace Digital World

It is impossible not to marvel at the tools that technology has put into the hands of consumers in the 21st century. Smartphone apps locate the nearest pizza joint, map the journey to its door, and measure the number of calories burned to get there. Automotive technology removes human error from parallel parking and lane changes. Cloud-connected devices remotely control home appliances and security cameras and send alerts to watches and phones.

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