Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau returned to Davos with a defense of free trade and more hiring, promotion, and retention of women by businesses.

Trudeau announced that the members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership had agreed to the trade agreement without the United States. (Trump withdrew from the negotiations during his first week in office.) “People have increasingly become convinced that trade deals benefit the few and not the many,” said Trudeau. “The challenge that Canada as both a progressive and trading nation has faced is how do we put those two things together.”

Trudeau challenged business leaders to hire, promote, and retain more women. “Not because it’s the right thing to do or the nice thing to do,” he said. “Because it’s the smart thing to do.” Trudeau highlighted the tangible economic benefits that come from bringing women more deeply into the workforce. “The inclusion of women could bring innovation to another level, and make it easier to resolve conflicts,” he said.

Trudeau said leaders should prioritize gender pay equity, better parental leave and child care policies—and believe women who came forward with stories of sexual harassment. “Treat these as fundamental shifts in the way we operate.”

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