NAFTA players top Canada’s 40 most-influential foreign-policy minds
By Samantha Wright Allen, Neil MossSep. 19, 2018
Insiders and observers weigh in on who impacts Canada’s decisions on diplomacy, trade, defence, development, and immigration.
As NAFTA dominates Canada's foreign policy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Chrystia Freeland, left, are No. 1 and 2 on The Hill Times' Top 40 Foreign Policy Influencer list. They're seen walking to the National Press Theatre on May 31 to announce retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
When it comes to who is influencing Canadian foreign policy, there’s the people working on files related to the United States, and then there’s everyone else.
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