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Who will do the heavy lifting on trade policy and strategy? Is that Ng’s job or Freeland’s?

By David Crane      

How does Canada respond in a world of growing protectionism and intensifying competition? Can we work with allies to sustain and reform the world trading system?

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, pictured on Oct. 18, 2018, at a StartUp day on the Hill conference in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—What is Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng’s real cabinet job? To diversify Canada’s exports to make us less reliant on the U.S. market? To be the government’s big thinker on the future of trade policy? To focus mainly on her previous job as cheerleader for Canada’s small businesses?

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