Canada and the World: from Peace-Keeping to Counter-Terrorism and Nation-Building, from Multilateralism to Global Disorder

  Emily Burton-Brown and Kevin Hempstead 2017 has been a year marked by growing uncertainty in the face of political upheaval, ongoing terrorist threats, and war. On Canada’s 150th birthday we must now ask ourselves: where do we go from here? Panelists addressed this question in the final panel of the Canada’s Policy Transformation conference,…

The Challenges of The Safe Third Country Agreement

Matthew Plouffe Recent issues surrounding restrictive immigration and refugee practices in the United States have led to a surge in irregular border crossings into Canada within the past year. This has caused increased concern amongst Canadian policy-makers and ignited a discussion about the dominant policy shaping U.S.-Canada border crossing, the Safe Third Country Agreement. The…

Trump, NAFTA and the future of Canadian trade

During his presidential campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to overhaul or eliminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), claiming it was killing American jobs. Seven months into his presidency, Trump took to Twitter (his preferred mode of communication) and threatened to scrap NAFTA, days before Canada, Mexico and the U.S. were scheduled to…

Beyond Ottawa: The career of Christine Hogan

Christine Hogan’s career path has not exactly been conventional. Currently the Executive Director responsible for Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean at the World Bank, she has previously been a Deputy Minister of International Trade and a foreign and defense policy advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She has also held senior policy positions in the…

Hope, optimism and the changing face of politics: Barack Obama in Toronto

Jonah Kotzer On Friday, September 29th, former U.S. President Barack Obama spoke at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event was hosted by Canada 2020 and drew an audience of 3,000 people, who paid $10,000 per table to attend. Students of University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance were invited to volunteer at…