Mel Watkins

Mel Watkins is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is Editor Emeritus of This Magazine and a frequent contributor to Peace magazine. He is a member of Pugwash Canada and former President of Science for Peace. Watkins is recipient of the 2008 inaugural Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice awarded by the Progressive Economics Forum. Website: http://www.progressive-economics.ca/author/mel-watkins/

Mel Watkins
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Oct 10, 2018
NAFTA Initialing Ceremony, October 1992. Photo: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Wikimedia Commons

Is there life after NAFTA?

Mel Watkins
With one trade agreement having failed us, some are arguing that we should diversify our trade beyond the U.S. market by signing on to more trade deals. But is that the wrong lesson?
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Feb 27, 2018
Photo: James Laxer/Twitter

Mel Watkins writes on the passing of James Laxer

Mel Watkins
We met in mid-1969 at a small gathering in Toronto of NDP members. The bond we formed in the time of the Waffle was a defining moment of my life politically, and one of its great joys, personally.
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Feb 27, 2018
Jim Laxer. Photo: James Laxer/Twitter

Mel Watkins: Reflections on Jim Laxer

Mel Watkins
We met in mid-1969 at a small gathering in Toronto of NDP members. The bond we formed in the time of the Waffle was a defining moment of my life politically, and one of its great joys, personally.
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Aug 11, 2016
Image: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Trade deals of yesteryear sow seeds of impending Trexit

Mel Watkins
NAFTA was a disaster foretold, economically and politically. Both Bill Clinton and Jean Chretien promised to oppose it and then signed on anyway. Now those chickens have come home to Trump.
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May 19, 2015
Image: Flickr/Dave Courneyer

Rachel Notley can lead Alberta out of the carbon trap

Mel Watkins
Alberta was stuck in a 'staple trap': an economic monoculture where a single, profitable resource dominates the economy at the expense of diversification. The NDP can finally bust out of it.

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