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It may not be as dramatic as “Mr. Smith goes to Washington,” but Hillary Clinton’s conference at the Montreal Board of Trade Leadership Series on Tuesday had all the trappings of someone on the move towards the big prize in Washington.

If there is one election campaign that usually resonates across Canada outside of a national election, it is the one held in the province of Québec.

The Sochi Games are over and Russian President Vladimir Putin is back to business as usual. The decision to use Russian troops following the Ukraine’s establishment of a new government is reminiscent of Cold War politics and Putin’s disregard for international law.

The NALS summit has the potential to deepen hemispheric energy integration, if the three presidents can jointly take advantage of the windfall in regional energy.

Likely top stories this week: Self-defense forces take over in Apatzingan, Michoacán; currency controls threaten Venezuelan newspapers; stadium construction workers may go on strike in Manaus; Obama's pending decision on the Keystone Pipeline; nine people are killed in Petén, Guatemala.

After taking a beating from China, Mexico's exports are beginning to compete.
North Americans now overwhelmingly support NAFTA, so why can't their governments move toward further integration?
The North American Free Trade Agreement created more jobs for Mexicans, but it was only a start.

If there is one issue that has pitted the Canadian government against a U.S. administration in recent years, it has been the Keystone Pipeline XL project. 

The State of the Union (SOTU) address can be considered an institutionalized “bully pulpit” for the President of the United States. As expected, the President forcefully made his case for new proposals to Congress before a primetime television audience.

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