Canada clearly could take on a distinct and productive role in the region.
Provincial initiatives are as much a reaction to the changing nature of global trade as a response to federal shortcomings.
A deal that helps Central Canada will be good for the West, however counter-intuitive that may seem.
Waiting until Mexico’s oil concession bidding table to suddenly show concern will not do the West any favours.
Development NGOs are working with the private sector—and the sky hasn’t fallen.
The decision not to seek Pacific Alliance membership mimics an earlier mistake dismissing the TPP’s importance.
Questions about the trip itself, the government’s trade agenda, and the position of Canada in pan-Pacific trade were woefully absent.
But obstacles remain: Moving people, local government procurement, a lack of knowledge in the private sector, and thin government resources.