FROM THE EDITOR

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Some­one should have re­minded Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is a boxer. Af­ter be­ing dragged into the ring for an in­cred­i­ble weight class mis­match, the gov­ern­ment should be com­pli­mented for es­cap­ing dis­as­ter by strik­ing a new trade agree­ment (USMCA) in Septem­ber. Fol­low­ing a drain­ing ten-round bout of ne­go­ti­a­tions, brought about by the US-im­posed forced de­struc­tion of an ex­ist­ing NAFTA agree­ment, the gov­ern­ment stood tall and sal­vaged a long-stand­ing mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial trad­ing re­la­tion­ship. Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau and Canada may have been out­matched but not out­classed.

Now, the gov­ern­ment must re­turn its fo­cus to the many other fights ahead on the Card. At the Sixth Es­tate and on Be­fore the Bell we con­tinue to ex­plore those is­sues ring­side.

In this is­sue we start with the prospect of a na­tional phar­ma­care pro­gram. Dale Smith high­lights the sea­son pre­miere of Be­fore the Bell in his piece Univer­sal Phar­ma­care: Pre­scrib­ing a So­lu­tion, re­cap­ping the ju­ris­dic­tional chal­lenges, costs, and now ram­i­fi­ca­tions of ex­tend­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty pro­tec­tions in the new USMCA - all el­e­ments Dr. Hoskins will have to con­sider when he com­pletes his re­port next spring.

And Pamela Fral­ick, pres­i­dent of In­no­va­tive Medicines Canada, ar­gues in Get­ting it Right on Phar­ma­care that any univer­sal phar­ma­care pro­gram must have three pil­lars: be pa­tient cen­tric, re­spon­sive, and pro­vide value and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Next, in Ac­cel­er­at­ing Clean­tech in Canada, a Sixth Es­tate Spot­light on grow­ing the clean­tech sec­tor, Navdeep Bains, Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tion, Sci­ence and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, used the plat­form to make a ma­jor fund­ing an­nounce­ment. The ses­sion, in con­junc­tion with the an­nual pub­lic meet­ing of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Tech­nol­ogy Canada, looked at the broad­en­ing scope of clean­tech com­pa­nies in Canada.

Fi­nally, in sep­a­rate ses­sions in ad­vance of the US midterms, Be­fore the Bell looked at two ar­eas that are ex­pected to have a ma­jor im­pact on the out­come: mil­len­nial voter in­ten­tions and the role of the me­dia. Spe­cial ex­pert guests in­cluded John Della Volpe, di­rec­tor of polling at the Har­vard Kennedy School’s In­sti­tute of Pol­i­tics, and Emmy award-win­ning jour­nal­ist Betsy Fis­cher Martin, now ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Women and Pol­i­tics In­sti­tute at Amer­i­can Univer­sity. Pro­vid­ing a Cana­dian per­spec­tive to dis­cuss if what we are see­ing in the US is a har­bin­ger for our own up­com­ing elec­tion was David Co­letto, CEO of Aba­cus Data, and Shawn McCarthy with the Globe and Mail. You can read their opin­ions in Mil­len­nial & US Midterms: Pas­sion­ate but are they pre­dictable and Me­dia To­day: Me­dia or the mes­sage.

We hope you will con­tinue to join Be­fore the Bell for the many re­main­ing rounds and watch what will be a marathon of fights for the gov­ern­ment lead­ing to the Ti­tle – next Oc­to­ber’s fed­eral elec­tion.

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