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    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The protectionist promises of the two remaining liberal presidential candidates continue to upset our ally to the north. The Toronto Star‘s David Olive reports that Jim Flaherty, the Canadian finance minister, has come close to “recommending a tutorial for the Democratic presidential aspirants.” Olive continues: By Ottawa’s reckoning, NAFTA accounts … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Today’s Free Trade Fact of the Day comes from Harvard economics professor Greg Mankiw who wrote Sunday in the New York Times: Economists are, overwhelmingly, free traders. A 2006 poll of Ph.D. members of the American Economic Association found that 87.5 percent agreed that “the U.S. should eliminate remaining tariffs … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The Economist is just the latest entity to cry foul on the protectionist rhetoric coming out of the most liberal presidential candidates this year. The magazine editorializes: Since it came into force in 1994, NAFTA has benefited all three economies, raising cross-border trade and investment. That applies especially to Mexico. … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Worried by promises from liberal U.S. presidential candidates that they will threaten to unilaterally pull out of NAFTA if certain protectionist changes are not agreed to, Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty made his case to preserve NAFTA in the Financial Times: Canada is the largest trading partner for 36 of 50 … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Today’s Free Trade Fact of the Day comes from Ohio native and U.S. Chamber of Commerce VP for international affairs Daniel Christman who writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer: Facts are stubborn things, and so it is with trade in general and the North American Free Trade Agreement in particular. Contrary … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    As Michael Gerson points out today, if his promises are worth anything, Barack Obama’s first 100 days will include “arm-twisting Mexico and Canada into a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.” In yesterday’s International Herald Tribune, American University Center for North American Studies director Robert Pastor defended NAFTA … More

    NAFTA Myth of the Day

    Since Hillary Clinton appears to owe a big part of her victory in Ohio to capitalizing on anti-free trade sentiment in Ohio, we are all but guaranteed to endure another seven weeks on anti-trade rhetoric before the April 22nd Pennsylvania primary. To counteract progressive fearmongering on trade, we offer you … More

    NAFTA Myth of the Day

    With the leading presidential candidates doubling down on their anti-trade promises, it is important that the facts about the benefits of trade are repeated as often as possible to counter their deceitful populist rhetoric. Today’s ‘NAFTA Myth of the Day’ comes courtesy of Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy Studies … More

    Protectionist Pandering Threatens to Raise Gas Prices

    Promises by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to threaten Canada with unilateral rescission of NAFTA are not going over well up north. During the Democratic debate Tuesday night Hillary Clinton said she would tell Canada and Mexico: “We will opt out of NAFTA unless we renegotiate it and we renegotiate … More

    Liberals Embrace a Unilateral Foreign Policy

    The Wall Street Journal opined today: Democrats claim the world hates America because President Bush has behaved like a global bully. But we don’t recall him ever ordering an ally to rewrite an existing agreement on American terms — or else. Yet that’s exactly what both Hillary Clinton and Barack … More