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Discussing North America

October 20, 2016 1 minute Read by William McKenzie
On Monday, President and Mrs. George W. Bush hosted a dinner for policy makers, business executives, and Bush Institute leaders to discuss North America becoming an even greater economic powerhouse.

On Monday, President and Mrs. George W. Bush hosted a dinner for policy makers, business executives, and Bush Institute leaders to discuss North America becoming an even greater economic powerhouse.

President Bush, Bush Center President and CEO Kenneth Hersh, and Bush Institute Director of Economic Growth Matthew Rooney led the discussion, which included representatives from Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Participants focused on border infrastructure, monetary policy, and labor skills, among other issues.

The Institute’s North America Competitiveness Scorecard shows North America is more globally competitive than regions like the European Union. Still, the three nations can prosper more by addressing such challenges as the United States' public debt, Mexico’s corruption, and Canada’s regulations.

After the election, the Bush Institute will release recommendations to strengthen North America, so stay tuned for more on this issue.


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William McKenzie
William McKenzie

William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.

Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.

Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.

Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.

McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.

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