Vladimir Putin

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Canada. Address following the U.S.-Canadian free trade agreement concluded one week prior. Now nothing equivalent to the political "open border" between the U.S. and Canada. The difficulties of the last 16 months of negotiations. Hard bargaining and difficult compromises. What remains to complete the agreement. Highlights of the agreement with some discussion of each: Tariffs; Energy; Automobiles; Agriculture; Services; Personnel Movements; Government Procurement; Temporary Import Protection (Safeguards); Culture; Dispute Settlement and Subsidies and Dumping. Benefits of the agreement. The consumers as big winners. Evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of the agreement. Seizing opportunities.