Fixes for Auto Industry Must Include Harmonizing Cross-Border Rules: C.D. Howe Institute

    TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - While the auto industry in Canada faces tough
financial and product development challenges, another threat to its
sustainability looms - the increasing divergence of Canada-US regulations,
according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In Potholes
and Paperwork: Improving Cross-Border Integration and Regulation of the
Automotive Industry, author Michael Hart examines one critical aspect of
government policy that requires greater Canada-US cooperation: the need for
common regulations governing safety, fuel consumption and environmental
    Hart assesses how differences in today's regulatory and border
administration regimes undermine Canadian autoworkers' and suppliers'
abilities to remain part of a fully integrated North American manufacturing
base. He offers potential solutions to reverse the two governments' divergent
approaches, including greater investment in infrastructure and technology,
more reliance on risk assessments and random inspections, and better
pre-clearance programs for goods, vehicles and people.

    For the study click HERE.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Hart, Simon Reisman chair in trade
policy, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University,
(613) 520-3981; Finn Poschmann, Vice President, Research, C.D. Howe Institute,
Phone: (416) 865-1904, Email:

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