Well now, this is odd.
OTTAWA – Liberal International Trade Critic Scott Brison today launched a series of pan-Canadian consultations being held in the lead-up to Canada at 150: Rising to the Challenge, a non-partisan conference to be held in Montreal in March 2010. Today’s roundtable, on the subject of international trade, draws on a variety of distinguished speakers and presenters including opening remarks by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and a keynote address by former Prime Minister Joe Clark…
Featuring an impressive list of distinguished speakers and presenters, this day-long conference will address the important trade relationships between Canada and the United States, China, and India as well as free trade negotiations with the European Union. Former Prime Minister Joe Clark and Canadian Council on Africa President Lucien Bradet will also co-host a special discussion on trade with Africa.
Joe Clark? Former prime minister, yes, but also two-time leader of the Progressive Conservatives Joe Clark? Keynoting at a Liberal event?
I know it says it’s a “non-partisan” conference, but nobody actually believes that, do they? It’s a nice fig-leaf for people who might want a platform for their ideas but don’t want to be seen as endorsing the Liberal party. Which is fine, for Prof. Whosit. But Joe Clark?