Reciprocity In Canada

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Reciprocity and free trade are two distinct debates which has occurred at separate periods throughout Canadian history. Both are periods in which the Canadian and U.S. governments attempted to broker a deal which would lower tariff walls and allow good to move smoothly between the countries. Reciprocity occurred in 1911 when the Prime Minister Laurier attempted to implement free trade with the U.S. Free Trade is prominently in terms of the 1980’s in which the government under Brian Mulroney wished to once again implement a free trade deal with the U.S. in 1911 free trade was defeated and the government of Robert Borden won an election on the issue. In 1988 once again an election was held on the issue of free trade, this time it was successful and implemented following the election. Free trade has had a very significant history within Canada. In each event the support and opposition to the initiative made thorough points for and against the initiative. The 2 weeks of the course that focused on the issue, and subsequent readings, help to give an insight into the …show more content…

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