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This article examines the ebb and flow of the Quebec government’s economic and commercial
relations with the United States in the period 1994–2017. The topic demonstrates the
impact of three major forces on Quebec’s economic and commercial ties with the US:
(1) the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which became operational in 1994
and was fully implemented over a 15-year period; (2) the onerous security policies
put in place by the US government in the decade following the horrific events of 11
September 2001; and (3) changing economic circumstances in the United States ranging
from robust growth to the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The article also indicates that the Quebec government continues to sponsor a wide
range of activities in the United States, often more elaborate and extensive than
comparable activities pursued by many nation-states with representation in the US.11Stéphane Paquin, ‘Quebec-U.S. Relations: The Big Picture’, American Review of Canadian Studies 46, no. 2 (2016): 149–61.
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