Minister of International Trade and Liberal MP for University-Rosedale. Author. Proud wife and mother of three. Runner when I can squeeze it in.

An Open Letter To Canadians On The Trans-Pacific Partnership — Posted: As Canada's newly appointed minister of international trade, I have spent the last two months talking to Canadians about our potential participation in the Trans‑Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. After attending public town halls, participating in over 70 meetings and round tables, and receiving feedback from thousands of Canadians who have written to me, it is clear that many feel the TPP presents significant opportunities, while others have concerns.

Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super-rich — Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds -- and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap.
Sep 06, 2015

This is so meta. “@TEDTalks: How the new super-rich are taking over the world:

Dec 15, 2015

RT @MssZeeUsman: Here's @cafreeland's TED talk based on the book, 'The rise of the new global super-rich'…

Is Jeremy Corbyn really radical about the north? — by Jennifer Williams / August 28, 2015 / Leave a comment This piece was originally published in the Manchester Evening News I've stayed quiet on Jeremy Corbyn until now, mainly for a quiet life. But all good things must come to an end.

Why is high immigration a problem for the government? — by Josh Lowe / August 28, 2015 / Leave a comment Yesterday, net migration soared to its highest-ever level: 330,000 in a year. While driven partly by a small decrease in the number of people leaving the UK, this is largely caused by more people coming to live in this country.
Aug 28, 2015

I've written a quick explainer on why high immigration—an economic dream—is still a political problem…

Big Question: should we watch videos of violent atrocities? — by Prospect Team / August 27, 2015 / Leave a comment Yesterday, a journalist and a camera operator for the US news network WDBJ7 were killed in the course of their work by a gunman, with some of the attack captured live on air. But the TV cameras weren't the only ones that were rolling.

Kezia Dugdale: if Labour doesn’t change it’s dead in Scotland — No matter how hard she tries, she has an impossible job. That's the accepted wisdom about the new Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, 33, who has enjoyed a rather meteoric rise. Her party's sixth leader in eight years, Dugdale is tasked with the unenviable job of finding a solution to Labour's electoral woes in Scotland.

Iain Duncan Smith’s “conversation” about disability is one-sided — by Alex Taylor / August 25, 2015 / Leave a comment Yesterday Iain Duncan Smith outlined his future vision for sickness benefit provision, saying he wants to "place people at the heart of the system, and make the system work around them, rather than the other way round."

Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister? Don’t laugh — Could Labour win the next general election with Jeremy Corbyn as leader? Conventional wisdom says: of course not. But three months ago, conventional wisdom mocked the idea that he could ever become leader. We should not dismiss the thought of Prime Minister Corbyn out of hand.

From IndyRef to Corbyn-what’s the point of political poetry? — by Harry Giles / August 24, 2015 / Leave a comment What can poets really add to an ongoing political debate? It was a question I asked myself repeatedly last year when, as a Scottish poet engaged with social movements, I was flattered with requests to contribute poems to pro-Independence publications.
Aug 24, 2015

Like probably most of you, I sniggered at Poets for Corbyn, but this thoughtful piece made me feel bad about that…

Leith on life: how happy to be helpless — by Sam Leith / August 20, 2015 / Leave a comment Published in September 2015 issue of Prospect Magazine I had a beautiful moment the other day. It came when I arrived at East Finchley station at about nine o'clock on the morning of the recent Tube strike.
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