On the eve of President Obama’s meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we spoke with the President of the Business Council of Canada, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, John Manley. He describes the strengths and weaknesses of Canada-U.S. economic cooperation in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Guest

John Manley is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada. He is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.  Mr. Manley was first elected to Parliament in 1988, and re-elected three times.  From 1993 to 2003 he was a Minister in the governments of Jean Chrétien, serving in the portfolios of Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Finance, in addition to being Deputy Prime Minister. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Manley was named Chair of a Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism, serving as counterpart to Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.  In recognition of the role he played following 9/11, TIME Canada named him “2001 Newsmaker of the Year.” After a 16-year career in politics, Mr. Manley returned to the private sector in 2004. Since leaving government, Mr. Manley has continued to be active in public policy, as a media commentator, speaker and adviser to governments of differing political stripes. In addition to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr. Manley serves on the boards of several publicly traded companies and is active in the not-for-profit sector. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Manley has received honorary doctorates from Carleton and Western universities, and the universities of Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor.

Host
John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.