As part of the OLIP in Ottawa and OLIP in Quebec City series, we have divided our meetings into specific categories. These include, and not limit: The Three Branches of Government, Change from Within and Different Models of Opposition.
Zachary Archambault and Martin Thornell, Global Affairs Canada
In our meeting with Zachary Archambault and Martin Thornell from Global Affairs Canada, we learned a great deal about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules of origin preference criteria. Although NAFTA negotiations are currently stalled, and the future of the three-country accord ratified by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States remains unclear, we left our meeting feeling much more informed about the contentious debate surrounding trade policy.
Michael Kergin, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States
Following our meeting with the Advisors from Global Affairs Canada, we had the pleasure of having a candid discussion with Michael Kergin, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, and to the Republic of Cuba. Mr. Kergin reflected on his experience representing the diverse social, economic, and political interests of Canada in both host nations. Our meeting with Mr. Kergin helped to historically contextualize the past, present, and future role of Canada in an ever-changing, and highly globalized world.
Thank you to everyone that met with us. We appreciated learning about Canada’s role in the world, from your unique perspectives.
Stay tuned for future blog posts on OLIP in Ottawa and OLIP in Quebec City.