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Canada Changes Direction - with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a new generation takes charge and what it means for Canada and for the U.S.?

December 09, 2015 at 6:00 PM 
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The Citadel Alumni Center
69 Hagood Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403


Though rarely in the headlines, Canada is America's most important bilateral relationship and our largest trading partner.  Our two economies are heavily intertwined. The October 19 election ended decisively the ten year domination of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative party.  The Liberal Party, headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has promised a new course for Canada which is bound to have implications for the U.S., given the very close ties between the two nations. 
Laura Dawson is Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. She is a speaker and writer on U.S. - Canada, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and international trade issues and was named in 2014 as one of Canada's top 100 foreign policy influencers. 
She was previously senior advisor on economic affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and taught international trade and Canada-U.S. trade relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, Canada's top-ranked school of international studies. She is a consultant on cross-border commerce, market access, and regulatory issues affecting the two countries. Ms. Dawson is a Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and on the board of the Council of the Great Lakes Region.  She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science.

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