Leading the Way to Inclusive Global Trade: Peter Loewen and the Hon. Mary Ng speak on Wilson Center panel
On February 28, the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute held a panel in Washington on inclusive global trade, co-sponsored by the Government of Canada.
This event discussed “how inclusive trade can be realized in trade agreements and economic policy and provide a catalyst for a North American economic rebound after the pandemic.” Panelists also assessed the prospects for a renewed US-Canada global trade partnership, given that Canada is one of the top proponents of inclusive trade and American President Joe Biden’s recent call for a trade policy that provides export opportunities to small and medium-sized businesses.
Peter Loewen, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, served as one of the panelists.
“I think we should be very bullish and very proud in Canada, as we should in the United States, as we should in the United Kingdom, and other similar countries to have built successful multicultural democracies from places that looked much different than they looked, 30, 40, 50 years ago. We have the great privilege of being connected with people all over the world,” Loewen contributed. “I think that we have to be very clear-eyed about the benefits and the potential risks of having populations that are in and out of our country all the time. But if you could turn back the clock fifty years ago, what would you change? It has been a remarkable blessing, not only to Canada, but to the United States, and other counties that have decided to become more and not less diverse.”
Loewen spoke alongside the Hon. Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister for International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, and Canada Institute Director Christopher Sands.
The Wilson Center is a non-partisan think tank dedicated to “tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.” Its Canada Institute is the only public policy forum devoted to US-Canada Relations, hosting events and providing insight/analysis.