Canada’s Minister Of International Trade On Free Trade With Europe…

“My first point to make to everyone here is it’s incredibly important for us not to be in denial about the power of these sentiments which are sweeping the western industrialized world. This is real. Those of you who are older may remember there used to be a very, in the sort of ’60s and ’70s, a very popular Marxist notion of false consciousness. The idea was, if only the workers would be right thinking, they would understand who they needed to support.

…For us a huge competitive advantage that we can gain from being an effective open society, a society with a confident middle class that embraces opportunities in the world, is at a time when so much of the world is saying no to trade and saying no to the global economy, Canada is in a position to say yes. I really believe we are working hard for it to be a historic year. We’re working hard for it to be the year when CETA, the Canada EU Trade Accord, is signed.”

A recent pic of Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of International Trade…

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