Talk:Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement

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Effects[edit]

"The fears that the agreement would undermine Canada's sovereignty have still not come to pass, and Canada's cultural industries are still healthy."

This needs a reference. I can only think of examples that disprove this statement, such as Ethyl Corporation successful law suit against Canada, FedEx vs. Canada Post, and a few others. Though it could be argued that the statement is technically correct, but misleading - perhaps fears have not come to pass, but some sovereignty has definitely been lost. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.6.20.26 (talk) 04:03, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

"In 1990-1991, the Canadian dollar rose sharply in value against the US currency, making Canadian manufactured goods much more expensive for Americans to buy, and making American manufactured goods much cheaper for Canadians, who no longer had to pay high duties on them. The phenomenon of "cross-border shopping", where Canadians would make shopping daytrips to U.S. border towns to take advantage of tariff-free goods and a high Canadian dollar, provided a mini-boom for these towns. Many Canadian jobs lost, particularly in the Ontario manufacturing sector during the recession of the early 1990s, was attributed (fairly or not) to the Free Trade Agreement. In the mid-to-late 1990s, however, the Canadian dollar fell to record lows in value to against the U.S. dollar. Cheaper Canadian primary products such as lumber and oil could be bought tariff-free by Americans, while Hollywood studios sent their crews to film many movies in Canada due to the cheap Canadian dollar. The removal of protective tariffs meant that market forces, such as currency values, have a bigger effect on the economies of both countries that they otherwise would have been." NOT TRUE -- per x-rates.com, the 1990 monthly USD-CAD rate ranged between 1.114481 and 1.19648, while 1991's ranged from 1.12794 to 1.15716 -- NOT a big difference, much less "rose sharply." Possibly another year is meant? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.184.103.35 (talk) 21:38, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

"The agreement has failed to liberalize trade in some areas, most notably softwood lumber, in which Canadians expressed frustration and believed that Americans repeatedly violated the agreement to impose protectionist policies." Was it not ruled by multiple courts that the tariffs on softwood lumber were unfair? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.6.230.175 (talk) 13:18, 23 July 2012 (UTC)