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Canada’s strong reliance on international trade relative to other developed countries has often placed us at the intersection of globalization and national sovereignty. This observation is neither new nor novel, with early Canadian theorists such as Harold Innis’ Staples Thesis stressing the political and cultural linkages that arose from colonial  Canada’s reliance on commodity exports …

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The notion that a free trade agreement with a powerful economy can erode sovereignty was comprehensively rejected after the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) effects showed no correlating diminution in the Canadian Parliament’s capacity to act independently over twenty years. Liberals who campaigned in 1988 on the argument that continental free trade would eventually …

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