As one of the first "second-generation" free trade agreements that address indirect and non-tariff barriers, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is likely to serve as an international model. CETA, however, highlights significant challenges for Canadian federalism in both the negotiation and implementation processes of this and any such future trade agreements. While the inclusion of sub-federal governments allows for provinces/territories to help shape the provisions that fall within their jurisdictions, this paper argues that subsequent challenges arise in conveying a unified Canadian commitment to implement the agreement. Overall, the CETA negotiations demonstrated the significant institutional weaknesses of current federal-provincial/territorial relations with respect to international trade agreements. In the Canadian context, this suggests a need for "summit federalism" to ensure that all federal-provincial/territorial governments align their terms and interests and convey a unified commitment to fulfilling Canada's current and future international trade agreements.

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Keywords Canada, European union, Federalism, Free trade, Intergovernmental relations, International law, International relations, International trade, International trade agreements, Trade negotiations
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020702017691312
Journal International Journal
Citation
Tejpar, A. (Ali). (2017). The challenges of federalism to Canada's international trade relations: The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. International Journal, 72(1), 111–119. doi:10.1177/0020702017691312