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Choosing Inclusive Growth: A Homerun

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion
Keynote Address at Global Think Tank Summit 2016
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion keynote address at the Global Think Tank Summit 2016.

Immigration is a net economic benefit – this is a story Canada should build on

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Globe and Mail
Too often, immigration to Canada is viewed as a cost to our society, rather than as a net benefit. But research has found that immigrants are an enormous benefit to Canadian prosperity and this part of our story needs to be told now more than ever.

Despite calls for action, G20 yields little more than talk

Friday, September 9, 2016
The Hangzhou summit presented G20 leaders with the chance to reassure citizens that they are on top of the world’s pressing challenges, but this was an opportunity they failed to grasp.

Will the G20 Remain Relevant?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Policy Magazine
The G20 first met at leaders level in 2008 in response to the unfolding global economic crisis. However, the G20 first came into being in 1999 at the level of finance ministers when Canada’s Paul Martin convinced his fellow G7 finance ministers, in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis, that a larger grouping was needed to further global economic leadership and cooperation.

Why Canada needs a deeper relationship with China

Saturday, September 3, 2016
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
Before meeting President Xi Jinping next weekend at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to reflect carefully on what his government’s strategic approach to China will be, not least because, in many ways, the 21st century is rapidly becoming the China Century.

Why the EU coming after Apple isn’t as unfair as you think

Friday, September 2, 2016
Financial Post
Contrary to the claims of those who say the ruling is “unfair” or a “cheap money grab,” the EU’s ruling is neither nefarious nor out of the ordinary. In fact, it is well within the parameters of international law.

Canadian carbon policy should not be an either/or proposition

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Globe and Mail
Studies that frame the debate about carbon pricing as an either/or choice, pit a cap-and-trade system against a carbon tax. This doesn’t make sense. Canada will meet its targets for reducing carbon dioxide only through a combination of climate-change solutions.

Put Canada’s interests first when it comes to peacekeeping

Friday, August 12, 2016
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has injected a much-needed note of restraint into the federal government’s vocabulary on peacekeeping and future action, with his observation that the world has changed and there is little peace to keep in many of the globe’s hot conflict zones. He is wise to dispel old peacekeeping myths. Nostalgia is seldom a wellspring for sensible policy.

Business can fuel the clean technologies that are needed to achieve global goals

Friday, July 15, 2016
This commentary by Jim Balsillie is one in a series of opinion pieces included a new report from the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) entitled “Development Co-operation Report 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities.” The opinion pieces in the report ask how international co-operation can help to put sustainable development at the core of business models. Jim Balsillie writes about clean technologies in the context of sustainable development goals, an important area of research at CIGI.

The new backlash against globalisation

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The New Times
There was a palpable sense of discomfort at the latest G7 summit meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan. By the time the leaders of the world’s major developed economies meet again, there is no telling which of them will be populist insurgents.

Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver?

Friday, April 29, 2016
The Huffington Post
The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented evolution in both international law and climate change law. We all hope that it will be enough to save the planet.

Canada should act quickly to provide aid for Yemen

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Globe and Mail
With the world focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, we have lost sight of a conflict that could become even worse – Yemen’s civil war. This forgotten war has produced arguably the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster and is on track to become the next major refugee crisis. However, too often Canada’s interests in Yemen are relegated to a single line in the debate about Canada’s arms deals with Saudi Arabia. Why is Canada not thinking more broadly about Yemen?
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