(Adam Behsudi – Politico: The Agenda)
Canadian Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne doubled down Tuesday in his country’s pursuit of a “progressive trade agenda” in the face of headwinds against globalism and continued economic integration.
Speaking at a gathering here of the Canadian-Chile Chamber of Commerce, hours before he joins representatives from 14 other Asian-Pacific nations in a coastal town about 75 miles west, Champagne said Canada’s trade policy needs to focus on the rights of women and indigenous people, opportunities for youth and growth for small- and medium-sized businesses.
“Why don’t we start putting people at the center of what we’re doing and perhaps we will be more successful?” he said to the crowd of business executives.
After the event, Champagne sat down with POLITICO to answer questions about the meeting in Vina del Mar, the future of NAFTA and Canada’s relationship with China in a new era of global trade. Click here to read more.