Canada-U.S. Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs
As more and more businesses engage in global commerce, the professionals at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) understand that on many issues, a coordinated continental strategy is in the best interest of both Canada and the U.S. Enhancing our bilateral relationship benefits both countries’ provincial, state and local governments, and the corporations that drive the bilateral integrated North American economy.
Our public policy strategists are uniquely immersed in Canada-U.S. relations, and have a deeply vested interest in promoting an effective bilateral relationship. In addition to the former Ambassador to Canada, the former Chief of Staff to the Ambassador, and Canadian nationals, our team includes a number of professionals who have held positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and Congress. Our collective experience brings the ever-shifting political landscape of both countries into better focus, as we engage deeply beyond the headlines to anticipate how emerging issues may affect our clients. Our distinctive viewpoint allows us to identify and capitalize on opportunities, navigate pitfalls and build winning coalitions.
Our experience and offerings speak to the key issues and opportunities shared by Canada and the U.S., including:
- Energy and environmental advocacy
- U.S. government contracting
- Regulatory harmonization
- Homeland Security and defense contracting
- "Buy America" and similar trade barriers
- Export licensing
- Cross-border investment and corporate matters
- Intellectual property, technology transfer and venture capital
We are trusted advisors to governments and businesses on both sides of the border on all matters pertaining to Canada-U.S. commerce, complex border management issues, and a myriad of security issues that may impact supply chains, logistics and the bilateral public policy agenda. Attorneys and professionals in our Canada-U.S. practice draw on legal, government and industry experience throughout the firm to provide our clients with strategies that are effective in both the legal and political arenas.
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- It’s time for Canada to join the ‘second NAFTA’ of the Pacific
- Canada should punish the U.S. over labelling, but does it justify a trade war?
- North Korea’s threats show that Canada needs to be part of U.S. missile defence pact
- U.S. ambassador to Canada David Jacobson to join BMO in October as vice-chairman
- Power Play: Kerry's speech ominous for pipeline
- The State of Canada-US Relations