About Patrick Leblond

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Patrick Leblond

Canada Would Be Foolish Not to Join the TPP

A few days ago, cows and their owners were marching in front of Parliament in Ottawa. They were protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which, they argued, would cause the demise of the dairy industry’s supply management regime. Last week, it was Unifor’s (the largest private sector union in Canada) turn to manifest its conc… Read More

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For Greece, Voting No to Euro Would Mean Five Years of Austerity Wasted

Published in the Globe and Mail, July 3, 2015 On Sunday, Greeks will vote in a referendum on whether they want their country to stay inside the euro area and possibly the European Union. To avoid economic calamity and making the past five years a complete waste of time, energy, money and even people, Greeks must vote Yes to the euro and put a definitive end to the G… Read More

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The EU Parliament’s Decision to Postpone its Vote on TTIP Will Not Affect CETA

Published on EUCAnet, June 12, 2015 On June 9, the European Parliament (EP) decided to postpone a vote in support of the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the United States. This vote was set to endorse the TTIP negotiations as well as officially state the EP’s preferences on… Read More

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D-Day for Greece is Coming Fast

For months, the Greek government (run by the neophyte left-wing Syriza party), its euro-area partners, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been engaged in negotiations about payment of the last tranche of an existing bail-out program. In exchange for receiving 7.2 billion euros in bail-out money, the Greek government has to credibly commit t… Read More

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Is Newfoundland Putting CETA At Risk?

On January 19, the Newfoundland government issued a news release that indicated that it was suspending its participation in existing trade agreements as well as trade agreements currently being negotiated by the Federal government. This means that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador will not enforce any provision found in these agreements tha… Read More

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Harper Must Square the Provincial Circle on CETA

          Earlier this month, as he was leaving the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that there was still no deal on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union (EU). At the same time, the prime minister described provincial governments as “partners” in the… Read More

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Libre-échange avec l’Europe : Le Québec n’a pas de véto

Par Patrick Fafard et Patrick Leblond Bonne nouvelle en apparence. Contrairement à ce que plusieurs craignaient, le gouvernement de Madame Marois ne s’oppose pas à l’Accord économique et commercial global (AECG) que le Canada et l’Union européenne sont en train de négocier. En fait, il y est même favorable, en dépit des réserves exprimé… Read More

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The Greek Elections: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

All eyes were focused on the Greeks on Sunday. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel was sitting in her plane on the tarmac in Berlin waiting for the results of the elections before she could take off for the G20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico. If Syriza had won the elections, Merkel and her EU partners would have gone into chaos management, putting in effect conti… Read More

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Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Let’s Not Get Overexcited Here!

At the APEC leaders’ summit that took place in Honolulu two weeks ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Asia would become the federal government’s new trade priority. As a result, he indicated, Canada would formally ask to join the negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which includes Pacific Rim countries such as Australi… Read More

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What Should the G20 Accomplish in Cannes?

On Thursday and Friday of this week, the leaders of the G20 will meet in Cannes to discuss the numerous problems that the world economy is currently experiencing. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether they will be able to restore some kind of confidence in financial markets as well as with consumers and businesses. The hope is that a repeat of th… Read More

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