Queen's University

FTAA /Tax Law Expert

2010-03-19

Arthur Cockfield

Queen's Law Professor Arthur Cockfield can speak to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas now under discussion in Argentina.

He says: "Importantly, an FTAA should lower tariffs to agricultural goods and textiles throughout the Americas so that the poorer Central and South American economies can sell these goods to wealthier nations like Canada and the United States. Moreover, the dispute resolution process must have 'more teeth' to avoid problems such as the ongoing softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the United States. If the U.S. doesn't agree to these two points, the other governments should walk away from the deal."

Dr. Cockfield is author of the recently released NAFTA Tax Law and Policy: Resolving the Clash between Economic and Sovereignty Interests (University of Toronto Press, 2005). He also believes that “Significant tax reform should be an election issue. The tax system needs to be cleaned up (i.e. the tax base needs to be broadened), and lower income and middle-income Canadians should get tax cuts.”

In addition to his international tax expertise, Dr. Cockfield has published extensively on the issues of taxation and the technological economy, and on privacy laws and technology.

613-533-6000, ext. 78296
art.cockfield@queensu.ca

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