James Blanchard, a partner at DLA Piper and co-chair of the firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group, was the U.S. ambassador to Canada in the mid-1990s. Here he offers his insight on doing business in Canada.
Q: What are the benefits and incentives of doing business in Canada? Is the government business-friendly?
A: Right now our two governments [the U.S. and Canada] are trying to harmonize a lot of regulations. The prime minister and President Obama have announced a review of regulations with the goal of harmonizing regulations, and they’re going to start out in the area of transportation, and also food and food safety.