With Canadians now focused on the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it’s important that we do not lose sight of the forest for the trees. What is needed is an evidence-based discussion to enable us to better understand the new global trade realities — including rising anti-trade sentiment — to explore potential responses, and to identify the longer-term policy priorities that will help guide us through the current turmoil.
At this event, the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) released the results of a multiyear, interdisciplinary research initiative. Our volume, Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities, brings together the contributions of more than 30 experts from eight different countries. They analyze how structural changes and emerging trends in international commerce, technology and economic power are affecting Canada, and what these changes mean for public policy.
To launch this book, the IRPP hosted a two-part event on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Rideau Club, Ottawa (99 Bank St.). First, in a workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., special guest John Manley made opening remarks to set the context for the discussion. He was followed by the volume’s editors who presented the volume’s main findings and policy recommendations. A lively panel discussion followed, moderated by Policy Options editor-in-chief Jennifer Ditchburn, and featuring Ailish Campbell, Canada’s Trade Commissioner, and Madelaine Drohan, Canada Correspondent for The Economist.