Canada has always been a trading nation. From the early days of fur and fish, to the present, when a remarkable ninety percent of our gross national product is attributable to exports and imports, Canadians have relied on international trade to bolster our economy. A Trading Nation, Michael Hart's brilliantly crafted overview and analysis of the historical foundations of modern Canadian trade policy, is the first survey to address the history of Canadian commercial policy in over fifty years.
About the author
Michael Hart is Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. A former trade official in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he was the founding director of Carleton's Centre for Trade Policy and Law and is the author of numerous books and articles on international trade issues.
- Short-listed, Doug Purvis Memorial Prize, Canadian Economics Association
- Short-listed, Donald Smiley Book Prize, Canadian Political Science Association
- Short-listed, Dafoe Book Prize, J.W. Dafoe Foundation
- Short-listed, Donner Prize, Donner Foundation
- Winner, Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine
This book is accessible to the non-specialist, detailed without being tedious, far-reaching in its relevance, chock-a-block with definite opinions, and full of provocative prescriptions.
International Journal, Autumn 2002
An elegant and scholarly account of one of the most contentious issues in Canadian politics. [Hart] is not a polemicist but he leaves little doubt that the evolution of Canada’s trade policies reflects an honest attempt to maximize Canada’s advantages while acknowledging the dictates and constraints of our geography.
Books in Canada
Written by someone who has been an active trade negotiator as well a teacher and writer on the subject (an unusual combination), this first-rate volume presents all there is to know about the history, recent evolution, and future prospects of trade policy in Canada.
[An] impressive and comprehensive history of Canada’s trade policy.
Foreign Affairs, November/December 2003
This book is the long-awaited, first modern, comprehensive history of Canadian trade policy ... It is an impressive and masterful work, which shows Michael Hart, the well-trained historian and veteran policy practitioner, at his intellectual best. It is not surprising that the book has attracted strong endorsements from the leading trade scholars.
Canadian Journal of Political Science
This book, by one of Canada’s most important practitioners and scholars of trade diplomacy, illuminates anew a key aspect of Canada’s heart and soul – its calling as a trading nation.
[Michael Hart] has given Canadians a remarkably complete survey of the history and political economy of Canadian trade policy. This fills a gap in the shelves of serious analysis of trade issues and should be high on the reading list of students and practitioners alike.
Bout de Papier, Vol. 19, No. 3
Other titles by Michael Hart
In the National Interest
Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009
Decision at Midnight
Inside the Canada-US Free-Trade Negotiations
From Pride to Influence
Towards a New Canadian Foreign Policy
Building a Partnership
The Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement
Canada Among Nations 1999
A Big League Player?
Lessons from Arms Control, Trade, and the Environment