'Seamless' market needed

To promote economic growth, the US needs to look no further than its closest neighbors, Canada and Mexico. "With rising competitive pressures from overseas and weak growth at home, the quickest external route to economic recovery and enhanced competitiveness is to stretch the US market to include 113 million Mexicans and 34 million Canadians," said Robert A. Pastor, professor and founding director of the Center for North American Studies, American University, in a Council on Foreign Relations report. North American nations should create "a seamless market" by negotiating a common external tariff, eliminating restrictions on transportation and services, funding continen...

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