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IMF head Christine Lagarde on economy, equality, and empowerment

We hear from Christine Lagarde, who is now nearly three years into her five-year mandate as the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference at the Treasury, in London June 6, 2014. (Reuters/Paul Hackett)

When Christine Lagarde took the helm of the International Monetary Fund in 2011, the Greek government teetered on bankruptcy, Athens reaked of smoke and tear gas, and other European nations looked like they might follow.

Today, talk of the Eurozone's demise has faded. But debt levels are high, economic growth is slow, and youth unemployment is rampant.

Ms. Lagarde has become a champion for change, calling for reform of the financial sector, and advocating for greater economic participation for women. She has also taken some controversial positions, such as arguing for an energy tax as a way to combat climate change.

We reached Christine Lagarde in Montreal where she is attending the International Forum of the Americas.

What do you think of Christine Lagarde's plans for the IMF?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry and Gord Westmacott.