Public discussion helps navigate Canada’s complex trade puzzle

Posted: March 26, 2018 6:00 a.m.

Colin Robertson is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and frequent media commentator.
Colin Robertson is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and frequent media commentator. Courtesy of colinrobertson.ca

The last Open Minds Public Discussion of the term features foreign affairs expert and former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson.

Robertson will present a talk entitled The Trade Puzzle: What Should Canada Do? on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina.

Robertson is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, a renowned centre of expertise on global affairs. He is also an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He was a member of the teams that negotiated both the Canada/US Free Trade Agreement  and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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You may also recognize Robertson from his contributions to news outlets such as Global TV and the CBC, where he is a frequent commentator. He also writes on foreign affairs issues for the Globe and Mail and is the host of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute’s weekly podcast, The Global Exchange.

Robertson’s talk will underscore the importance of trade relationships to the Canadian economy.

“Most of what we eat, drink, wear, and travel is made possible by trade,” says Robertson. “International trade represents 60 pe rcent of our GDP. One in five jobs is linked to export. Quite simply, Canadian prosperity and well-being depends on our ability to trade and attract investment.”

Robertson points to Canada’s current, and complex trade situation in the wake of Trump’s ‘America First’ initiatives, and what it will mean for Canada’s access to its main market – the United States.

He argues that if Canada is to prosper as a trading nation it must take advantage of agreements such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trade Partnership and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and look to other markets in India and China.
 
“The Canadian brand is solid. We need to exploit it,” he says. “We have become a nation of traders. But we need to commit to continuous improvement.”

The Open Minds series of public talks aims to bring timely and engaging issues to the Regina community for lively discussion and debate. Watch for more public talks to resume in the Fall, 2018.

Event:     The Trade Puzzle: What Should Canada Do?
Date:       Tuesday, March 27
Time:       7:00 pm
Location: The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (2445 Albert Street, Regina)

This event is free and all are welcome. Parking is free.