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…

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…

Ford+SPPG Conference: Immigration in a Populist Era

Kelly Rahardja The United States is undergoing a transformation of its immigration policy that could prevent thousands of incoming refugees from gaining entry into the country. As legislative action continues to target refugees at the federal level, the need for state refugee integration and resettlement programs becomes increasingly salient. It was relevant then that this…

Weapons of Mass Disruption: How Anti-Trump Protests Are Using Social Media to Change Policy

Celine Caira The U.S. President Donald Trump’s election and subsequent storm of executive orders provoked numerous protests around the globe. Most notably, the Women’s March on Washington garnered participation from an estimated 2.5 million people in more than 670 protests worldwide, from Capetown to Tokyo, in solidarity against the freshly inaugurated President’s agenda. Protests also…