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How Canada can get through the cacophony in Washington


 

I spoke with Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty who is in Orlando attending meetings of the US Chamber of Commerce. He had this piece of advice for the Canadian government as it seeks to influence American policy on border, energy and other issues:

“The challenge always is how do you get Canadian issues onto the agenda unless there is a crisis? On something chronic like the Canada-US border, it’s important to spend time educating people – and explain how states far from the border are being affected by through cost increases or job losses due to stickiness at the border. Canada is the biggest customer for 34 of the states.

And are we putting the resources needed to raise awareness of Canadian issues in the right place? We tend to over-emphasize Washington. In Washington, there is such a cacophony of voices competing to be heard. We would do better to focus outside of Washington—to get into the discussion through a back door by focusing on a particular community and talking about jobs. There is more receptiveness there. Often the best way into Washington is through the districts.”

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How Canada can get through the cacophony in Washington

  1. We've been trying for over a century to 'get their attention'

    I say forget it, and move on

    PS…for some reason you're missing a headline.

  2. We've been trying for over a century to 'get their attention'

    I say forget it, and move on

    PS…for some reason you're missing a headline.

  3. Echoing Emily here Luiza – your blog post seems to have partially registered – for example – your subject line doesn't show on the home page!

  4. Echoing Emily here Luiza – your blog post seems to have partially registered – for example – your subject line doesn't show on the home page!

  5. Thanks you guys. Sometimes I rush around too much. Looks like the good fairies at Macleans.ca fixed it.

  6. Thanks you guys. Sometimes I rush around too much. Looks like the good fairies at Macleans.ca fixed it.

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