When Paul Martin meets with U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox in Texas on Wednesday, continental cooperation will undoubtedly be high on the agenda. The recent statement by the Task Force on the Future of North America, which calls fo specific institutional changes (among them a customs union and a continental security perimeter), has added to the public debate about how, if at all, North American institutions should evolve to meet the reality of deeper continental integration.

The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA has achieved great strides in furthering economic linkages...

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