Obama, in Canada, Warns Against Isolationism and ‘Populist Alternatives’


Former President Barack Obama in a speech in Canada on Tuesday said Western values are still the envy of the world, and cautioned against embracing isolationism in the face of economic uncertainty.

Obama, speaking in Montreal at a Chamber of Commerce event, said that the world must do more to combat income inequality, noting that the concentration of wealth fans fears that governments exist solely to benefit the powerful.

“That’s a recipe for more cynicism and more polarization, less trust in our institutions and less trust in each other. And it’s part of what leads people to turn to populist alternatives that may not actually deliver,” Obama said.

Touching on his successor’s recent moves, Obama also said that despite the “temporary” lack of U.S. involvement in the Paris climate deal, companies in America and around the globe have pledged to move toward renewable resources.




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Former President Barack Obama delivers his keynote speech to the Montreal Chamber of Commerce at the Palais de Congres on June 6, 2017 in Montreal.