Canada Foreign Policy

Canada, Don't Forget About South Sudan

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government of Canada support the threatened peace talks in Addis Ababa by offering mediators to the warring parties and other stakeholders? Will it support civil society coalitions, which are working for reconciliation inside South Sudan? If the violence does not stop, South Sudan could slip further into ethnic conflict.

Israeli Peace Activists Are Shocked By Harper's Visit Too

Ilan Baruch | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Ilan Baruch

The occupation contradicts the values and wishes of most Israelis. There is no need for incitement to drive a wedge of hate between Palestinians and Israelis. The policy of occupation and the behaviour of the settlers is enough. I condemn terrorism and incitement, but the truth must be said: some of us, Israelis, engage in incitement.

Why Canada's Approach to Iran Has Abandoned Any Sense of Realism

Bryan Gibson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Bryan Gibson

Taken overall, the Harper government's response to the Iranian deal is symptomatic of its wider foreign policy, which has abandoned any sense of realism. Instead of welcoming the accord as a major breakthrough and a potential chance to help stabilize the Middle East, Canada appears intent on mirroring Netanyahu's futile zero-sum, intensely hostile approach to Iran.

Canada's Refugee Problem: Are We Being Too Selfish?

Dana Wagner | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Dana Wagner

Only 1,300 is an extremely low number during a crisis that has generated over 2 million registered refugees. Remember when Canadians rallied to resettle over 60,000 Southeast Asians after the Vietnam War? Canadians were once able to sponsor refugees almost without limit under the Private Sponsorship program if they could commit to certain responsibilities.

Sunny Freeman

Canada's 'No' To Iraq War A Defining Moment For Prime Minister

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO -- Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien's decision to break with U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a very public...

Canada Shouldn't Enable Saudi Abuses

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Ziyaad Mia

Our government may say that we're engaging the Saudis to foster reform in the kingdom. Apartheid South Africa's allies made similar arguments, calling for "constructive engagement" with the racist regime. Thankfully, Canada rejected that approach and led the world on sanctions, which hastened the end of apartheid.

Does the World Still Trust Canada?

Hassan Arif | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

In the space of a few years, the world's perception of Canada has changed dramatically. Under the Harper Conservatives, this country has become a climate change pariah and lost its reputation as a peace-keeper and honest broker. We need to return to an international role that emphasizes humanitarianism.

Half Of Us Would Prefer They Butt Out

CBC | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Politics

Nearly half of Canadians polled would prefer the federal government be neutral when it comes to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, a new poll sug...

Secret Tory Foreign Policy Document Draws Fire

CBC | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Politics

A confidential draft document on Canadian foreign policy is drawing fire from opposition MPs, human rights experts and former diplomats, but Prime Min...

Secret Document Reveals Our New Foreign Policy Approach

CBC | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Politics

A confidential government document obtained by CBC News warns the Harper government has been slow to open new markets in Asia, leaving Canada firmly t...

Marois Slams Harper's Foreign Policy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Politics

PARIS - Premier Pauline Marois laced into Canada's foreign policy on Tuesday, saying it doesn't reflect Quebecers' values or interests.''For several y...

Romney's Hollywood Remake of Canada's Foreign Policy

Christopher Sands | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

On Canadian Thanksgiving Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a major foreign policy address to the faculty and students of the Virginia Military Institute. He did not mention Canada once despite the fact that his vision of U.S. global leadership is like the Hollywood-budget version of Canada's indie foreign policy sensation. Should Romney become the 45th president of the United States, it will be essential, though, for him to recognize that U.S. leadership must be exercised in a spirit of partnership for it to be successful. The message to Ottawa in January can't be "Thanks Canada for doing the right things in world affairs -- we'll take it from here."

Harper Lists China As Top Foreign Policy Priority

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's new foreign policy identifies more than a dozen priority countries — China key among them — as Prime Minister Stephen Harper awa...

Why Canada's Views on the Arab-Israeli Conflict Matter

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Brent E. Sasley

For the most part, UN resolutions never have any direct impact on the strategies of Israeli and Palestinian decision-makers. However, these votes remain important symbols because they are verbal images, telling other international actors 'who' Canada is and what its values are.

Harper To Talk Human Rights In Honduras

CP | Posted 10.11.2011 | Canada

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's trip to Honduras on Friday will be the first state visit by a foreign leader since the country ...

Canada Could Punch Above its Weight in Multilateral Policy Shift

Joseph Ingram | Posted 08.29.2011 | Canada
Joseph Ingram

Prime Minister Harper's new government has indicated that Canada would not increase its bilateral assistance to the current governments in Egypt and Tunisia. Detractors might see a shift to more multilateralism as a pretext for a government keen to reduce spending.

The Scramble for Africa... Again

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.22.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Stephen Harper's government appears at last to be interested in getting back on track with this country's historic relations with the African continent. But the problem with this development is that it reintroduces the old "trade" versus "aid" argument that has been going on for decades.

Pay Attention to Asia, Eh!

Yuen Pau Woo | Posted 07.26.2011 | Canada
Yuen Pau Woo

Asia matters to Canada more than ever -- it's arguably the single biggest priority in Canadian foreign policy next to U.S. relations.