The Great Debate: Fresh perspectives on free trade

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Not that long ago, it seemed to be a given with a lot of people that free trade was a good thing. Not among the progressive left particularly, but it sometimes it seemed like we were swimming against the tide on that one. After all, most people heard so often, free trade is good, free trade is good. A lot of people believed it was so. 

But the tide is turning. More and more people are starting to question the mantra that free trade is good, and not just in progressive circles. People around the world are starting to make the connection between their precarious work situations and the increasing power of corporations and powerful economic interests. (That's one of the reasons why so many people voted for Brexit and Donald Trump. But that's a larger issue for a different time.)

Today's program is a debate from the Broadbent Institute's Press Progress Summit, held in Ottawa from April 5 - 7 earlier this year. It's called "The Great Debate," and invites panelists to discuss the premise: "Be it resolved: free trade deals failed because the rules were designed to put corporate interests before public interests."

Moderator: Paul Wells, Macleans Magazine

With:  Armine Yalnizyan - public economist and media commentator; Angella MacEwen -  Senior Economist with the Canadian Labour Congress, also a Broadbent Policy Fellow; Brett House - Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President - Scotiabank; and Christopher Ragan - Chair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission

Thanks to Press Progress and the Broadbent Institute for allowing us share this recording.

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