Brazil’s economic and political transformation and consequent impact on the western hemisphere and the world offer many valuable opportunities for Canada to strengthen its relations with this increasingly influential country, reinforce their mutual equality and understanding, and ultimately benefit the people and prosperity of both countries. In order to maximise these opportunities and realise their full benefit and potential now and in the future, Canada’s engagement with Brazil needs to intensify and, most importantly, needs to be strategic.
The trade relationship between Canada and Brazil has long been rocky, due largely to an ugly dispute over government subsidies to their respective airplane manufacturers—Bombardier and Embraer—in the late 1990s. During a visit to São Paulo last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper lamented the “barely $6 billion in business” between the countries in 2010, vowing to renew relations with the South American powerhouse.
Reneging on Kyoto, Keystone pipeline drama, pain at the pump, re-aligned Arctic sovereignty, melting outdoor hockey rinks – all these aspects of climate change are being discussed in Canada. However, Canadians, as potential citizens of the next energy superpower, need a more comprehensive and enriching debate. Climate change adaptation measures, at home and abroad, are inevitable, but the issue has largely been ignored by the federal government thus far.
Ambassador Carlos Pascual offered a keynote address on hemispheric energy affairs and the development of renewable energy in the Americas at the May 11 Wilson Center conference, "Energy in the Americas."
Two years after Deepwater Horizon, memories linger of the massive Gulf oil disaster. In this interview, experts contrast Canada’s unique drilling regulations, which split responsibilities between Ottawa and the provinces, with a US regulatory framework overseen exclusively at the federal level.
The Canada Institute seeks a qualified part-time intern for the summer semester with an interest in, coursework related to, or experience working on Canadian policy topics and Canada-U.S. issues. Please note the deadline for the summer semester is April 1.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce the 2012 Quebec Junior Scholar Program. A junior scholar from Quebec will be selected to carry out advanced policy-oriented research and writing designed to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities.
The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute has launched a major initiative to measure the progress of the “Beyond the Border” agreement unveiled by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute launches a major initiative to measure the progress of the “Beyond the Border” agreement unveiled by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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