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University of Saskatchewan
Political Studies
POLS 375
Jason Zorbas

March 25, 2013 March-25-13 9:20 AM Guest Speaker: Stephen Blank (University of Ottawa) Fulbright Chair of Governance and Public Administration ************** This year is the 20th anniversary of NAFTA? Backgrounder U.S. investment in Canada increased dramatically following World War II. - In the 1970s, U.S. multinational corporations faced lots of scrutiny… a lot of people disliked them. ○ It was also the beginning of the Trudeau era. - The issue for Canada was the oil crisis in 1973. ○ Canadians called themselves "blue-eyed Arabs." ○ This widened the distance in relations between the U.S. and Canada. ○ There were also tensions within Canada between the feds and Alberta ○ This was because oil prices dropped in 1972. - U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 1989. ○ Under Trudeau, Canada reached out to the U.S. for a potential free trade agreement but was not ratified until 1989 under Mulroney's government. ○ Mexico, however, wanted to open its economy… which eventually led to the creation/ratification of NAFTA, which was ratified in 1994. - In the 1970s, American multi-national corporations attempted to become "g
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