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"My main takeaway was of a population deeply committed to social change within the context of historic inequality and class divisions. The country has numerous problems, including poverty and deadly gun crime, but it was inspiring to see the energy and enthusiasm that both local communities and the government are bringing to bear", says Blair Redlin.
Blair Redlin is a B.C. based trade union researcher, whose priorities have included privatisation, trade agreements and local government. He's vice-chair of the Board of Oxfam Canada. In the 1990s, he was a Deputy Minister in the B.C. public service.