Economic Relations in Canada and Beyond – February 21, 2018

Happy Reading Wednesday, subscribers!

That’s right, it’s reading week at the University of Toronto. That means you’re either on vacation, bogged down with assignments (like me, unfortunately), or at work, envious of the days when you could hypothetically spend a whole week in bed. In other words, you’re probably not doing much leisurely reading in the name of this treasured academic holiday. Lucky for you, we have compiled some interesting articles about economic relations in Canada and beyond to fill your reading week quota.

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Economic Relations: Canada and Beyond
  • The future of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) looks bright, with the agreement slated to be signed this March and ratified later this year. Survival of the CPTPP did not always look promising, as leaders had to weave through several roadblocks and controversies to secure its existence. Join Joost van de Loo as he walks you through the CPTPP timeline. [van de Loo/PPGR]
  • Economic exclusion is a reality faced by many in the developing and developed world alike. During a lecture hosted by the School of Public Policy at the University of Toronto, Dr. Muhammad Yunus spoke to the value of facilitating entrepreneurship through microfinancing to break the cycle of poverty and economic disempowerment. Would similar initiatives work in Canada?  [Hellam/PPGR]
  • The Alberta government’s dissatisfaction with British Columbia’s approach to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has created an unexpected battlefield: the trade of B.C. wine. While wine lovers feel like they’re unfairly caught in the middle of a proxy war, the boycott may threaten a multi-billion-dollar trade industry and implicate the federal government. [Hunter and Tait/Globe and Mail]
  • To Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, securing NAFTA is more than an economic safeguard – it’s an indicator of the preservation, or even success, of the liberal world order. This piece gets to the heart of Canada’s international economic direction by diving into Freeland’s political philosophy, foreign strategy, and unique perspective. [Lewsen/The Walrus]
That’s it for us this week! The next edition of the Brief will be making its way to your inboxes on February 28, 2018.

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