What can Canadian policy-makers take away from a new opinion poll by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada? Far from being disinterested and disengaged, millennials are quite likely to support a Canadian pivot toward Asia, and the government’s negotiation of more open trade agreements with China and the economies of ASEAN. They also welcome the government taking the lead in creating opportunities for Canadians, particularly young Canadians, to learn more about Asia.
Madison Millennial and her cadre of earnest peers represent the first generation of Canadians to come of age during a time when the “rise of Asia” has moved from a future probability to a present reality. As Canada considers its engagement with this important region, it is young Canadians like her who will play a key role in shaping the form and scope of that engagement.
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