Trade, Tories and Trump: three ways politics touched Canadians this week

Ottawa was sleepy and mostly congenial all week long — at least until Friday — with most MPs back in their ridings after Thanksgiving and cabinet ministers off cutting ribbons in far-flung places.

Politicos who stayed behind consorted amiably with the like-minded. The French prime minister waxed eloquent about Justin Trudeau's foreign policy; Ontario Conservative Leader Patrick Brown spoke to — and passed the hat among — his Ottawa supporters over dinner; and a 14-hour brainstorming session among growth-hungry economy types attempted to solve the country's prosperity problems.

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