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Letter from Davos

By Kevin Lynch      

At its annual gathering of global political and economic thought leaders in January, the World Economic Forum grappled with the geopolitical implications of Donald Trump’s presidency and China’s ascendancy, and what the future will hold for millions of workers displaced by technology. In such an uncertain environment, Canada is well positioned to provide solutions. 

Canada has considerable scope to provide policy leadership and to burnish the Canada brand. While Prime Minister Trudeau’s absence from Davos was a missed opportunity, given the dearth of Western political leaders, Davos 2018 will be focused on identifying solutions to the populist threat, writes Kevin Lynch. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

After an exuberant gathering of the global policy elite at Davos last year, the 2017 edition was a subdued and rather anxious affair. Coming at the outset of Donald Trump’s “America first” presidency and Theresa May’s “hard Brexit” U.K. premiership, the World Economic Forum’s mantra of the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by globalization and technological change, was under siege by a surge of populism in many Western countries.

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