Both sides welcomed the Treaty of Ghent, which provided a solution to the outstanding problems between British North America and the United States. The Rush Bagot Agreement of 1817 limited the presence of armed ships on the Great Lakes. The Convention of 1818 provided for the maintenance of the boundary between Lake of the Woods and the Rocky Mountains. In the east, commissioners appointed under the Treaty of Ghent solve border problems, except in northern Maine. Nevertheless, bilateral relations have been strained from time to time by individual issues, such as Canada`s decision not to participate in the Iraq war in 2003 and the Obama administration`s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2015. While the Canadian government welcomed the Trump administration`s march 2017 decision to revive Keystone XL, several other points of contention have emerged. Canadian officials have been particularly frustrated by the Trump administration`s approach to renegotiating NAFTA and other trade disputes, such as the government`s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Political changes in the U.S. have also impacted the opinion of Canadian citizens, 76% of whom disapproved of the “work done by U.S. leaders” in 2017.1 This could hamper efforts to reach bilateral agreements or Canadian support for U.S. initiatives.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met officially for the first time at the APEC summit in Manila, Philippines, in November 2015, nearly a week after he was sworn in. Our mutual support for the peace process and demining efforts in Colombia, the democratic transition and the rule of law in Haiti, and future efforts against Zika represent our strong commitment to our neighbours in the Western Hemisphere. Investment. According to reports, the Trump administration supports abolishing the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the investment chapter of the agreement. NAFTA was the first U.S. free trade agreement to include an investment chapter based on U.S. bilateral investment treaties. ISDS is a form of binding arbitration that allows retail investors to assert claims against sovereign nations for alleged violations of investment provisions in trade agreements. According to reports, the United States has proposed making ISDS an opt-in and opt-out system, with each party deciding whether or not to accept the cases of the other.
According to reports, the United States has also proposed limiting eligibility to claims involving direct expropriation. Claimants could no longer seek arbitration for indirect expropriation – enact laws or regulations that affect the value of the investment. Recalling the long history of cooperation between the Parties on competition law issues, including the bilateral agreements of 1959, 1969 and 1984 and the 1986 Recommendation of the OECD Council on Cooperation between Member States in Anti-Competitive Business Practices Affecting International Trade, President Barack Obama`s first international visit to Canada took place on 19 February 2009, sending a strong message of peace and cooperation.  With the exception of Canadian lobbying against the provisions of the U.S. “Buy American” stimulus package, relations between the two governments have gone well […].