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The Future of Mexico and Canada-Mexico Trade Relations: What Can We Expect from Mexico’s New President?

December 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

THE FUTURE OF MEXICO AND CANADA-MEXICO TRADE RELATIONS: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM MEXICO’S NEW PRESIDENT?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

On December 1st Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, will assume the Mexican presidency, brought to power in a political tsunami that swept aside Mexico’s traditional political parties. AMLO had lost two previous attempts at the presidency and was dismissed by his detractors as a “tropical Messiah” or Mexican imitator of Hugo Chávez. Nevertheless, he attracted more than twice as many voters as his nearest rival, and his new leftist political party, Morena, won control of both houses of the federal government, and five out of the eight governorships that were up for grabs. With this enormous mandate, he has a level of political control unprecedented since the governing party, the PRI, lost office in 2000. He enters office with considerable power but also faces almost intractable challenges.

Dr. Laura Macdonald, Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University, will help shed light on the reasons for AMLO’s victory and his likely approach to the problems that confront Mexico. These include corruption, high and rising levels of violence, human rights violations and a culture of impunity, low rates of growth and high levels of poverty and social marginalization. She will also discuss the AMLO-Trump relationship and evaluate his chances of success in addressing USA-Mexico issues related to trade, border control and migration.

Colin Robertson, Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and host of its Global Exchange podcasts, will assess the prospects of Canada’s trade relations with Mexico under AMLO. With three-quarters of Canada’s trade being within North America, Canada has a strong stake in ensuring that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), also known as NAFTA 2.0, is ratified. He will explore how best Canada can harness its new trade deal with Mexico to support this outcome in the face of the Trump presidency in the aftermath of the recent mid-term elections in the USA, and will evaluate what we can expect.

DATE AND TIME:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

5:00 pm: Registration, networking reception
6:00 pm: Presentation, discussion

LOCATION:

KPMG, 150 Elgin Street, Suite 1800 (18th floor), Ottawa, K2P 2P8
Parking options include across the street at Ottawa City Hall. 

TICKETS AND REGISTRATION:

For a list of ticket prices and to register: https://cicncbdec042018.eventbrite.ca
or contact the event administrator by e-mail at ottawa@thecic.org or telephone 613-903-4011.

The deadline for registration and cancellation is Sunday, December 2 at 10pm.