Case 112 - The Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement and the Cultural Industries
Fox, Annette Baker
The idea of a Canadian-American free trade area suggests the economic efficiency of a North American market, untrammeled by obstacles from various political jurisdictions. But Canadians have never been willing to allow free trade to cover film, the performing arts, publishing (books and magazines, in particular), and radio or television, seeking to maintain complete control over these industries. This case study explores how this issue played out in the negotiation of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement, ratified in 1988.