Few legal interpretations have been as hot political issues or obscured in as much rhetoric. The question of whether Canadian trade obligations with the United States and more recently Mexico give the U.S. and Mexico access to Canadian water resources strikes a sensitive chord amongst Canadians. The spectre of a thirsty American or Mexican populace being given a right to drain Canada of its most plentiful resource has assured this issue remains current. Unfortunately, despite all the attention, the political nature of the issue has kept the water muddy.
Clarifying the Water
February 1, 2012