The Occupy Wall Street protests has enlarged the spotlight on the financial district's questionable practices that have contributed to the country's economic downturn. At a panel discussion called, The Finance Crisis: Lessons Learned from Canada and the Way Forward, at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Robert Rubin, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, sat down with Chrystia Freeland and told her what he thinks of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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