Canada Foreign Policy

Canada's Foreign Policy Will Be Homegrown, Like 'Canola' : Freeland

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Politics

The foreign affairs minister will deliver a speech in June revealing Canada's approach to international affairs.

Canada's Brand Remains Strong Despite Reduced Outreach

Jack Jedwab | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In 2016, an index that ranked the world's best countries placed Canada in second behind Germany. Published by U.S. News and World Report, this index saw Canada take the top spot amongst among the nearly 6000 millennials that it surveyed (18-35 years old). Other assessments of Canada's international image have yielded similar results.

Ottawa-Funded Journalism Casts Canada As Benevolent Global Actor

Yves Engler | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

A Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the foreign minister, the International Development Research Centre, broadly aligns its positions with Canada's international objectives. IDRC funds various journalism initiatives and development journalism prizes. Canada's aid agency has also doled out tens of millions of dollars on media initiatives over the years.

How Will 'Responsible Conviction' Help Canadians Detained Abroad?

Monia Mazigh | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

"Responsible conviction" is a strange combination of words that summarizes the guiding principle that the new Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion is proposing to follow in order to fulfill his mandate. However, Mr. Dion didn't say a word on how the "responsible conviction" can help cases of Canadians detained abroad.

Trudeau Is Ushering Canada Into A New Era Of Foreign Policy

Navid Hassibi | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

In just over four months, the media-friendly, question-taking and selfies-giving Trudeau has managed to seemingly make Canada cool on the world stage, using the increased spotlight to highlight the merits of diplomacy and engagement, including on issues such as climate change, respect for diversity and human rights and international peace.

Canada's Honesty Needed On World Stage: Former UN Refugee Chief

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Politics

Canada is perfectly suited to play a major role in creating peace, he said.

These Are The Faces Of Resilience In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

South Sudan is a tough place to live. The world's newest nation is less than five years old and it's been ranked as the most fragile country on earth for the past two years. Yet the proud people who live there hold great potential and targeted, effective aid is building more faces of resilience.

It's Time To Reboot Canada's Diplomatic Machine

Mehrdad Loghmani | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Mehrdad Loghmani

Canada's strength is not in its fleet of aircraft carriers, but in its moral capital. When our foreign policy reflects our core values, pluralism, diversity, tolerance and empathy then we can expect amplification of our influence around the world. Hearts and minds of population, tired of perpetual violence, is not won through military muscle, but by the ability to defuse conflict and tireless effort to establish and maintain peace.

What Trudeau's First 100 Days on the World Stage Will Look Like

Navid Hassibi | Posted 10.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

What will Trudeau face in his first 100 days? What is certain, he will have a busy first month abroad as he will be attending the G20 Summit in Turkey, followed a few days later by the APEC Summit in the Philippines and a major UN climate conference in Paris soon after. Indeed, on foreign policy, the new prime minister will have plenty of opportunities to mark Canada's return to the world.

5 Foreign Policy Issues Trudeau Will Face Right Away

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Politics

He's going to be doing a lot of travelling in the coming weeks.

Debate Moderator To Leaders: Forget The Talking Points, Go Deep

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Politics

Rudyard Griffiths says it's time for leaders to explain their rationale for how Canada can navigate all the world's turmoil and make a concrete-- and practical-- contribution.

Harper Says Canada 'Most Admired' Country In The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Politics

Engulfed in criticism of the federal government's role in the Syrian refugee crisis, Stephen Harper maintains that Canada is the most admired country ...

Harper Has Made Canada Irrelevant in Global Governance

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Stephen Harper's decisions on Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the United States have officially shut the last nails on the coffin of Canadian relevance in global governance. The Conservative government's hard power strategy officially commits Canada to the role of a fireman in an incandescent region, at the taxpayer's expense, with zero influence on the regional levers at the core of the Middle East's most pressing fires today. It is time for the opposition parties to fine-tune their foreign policy chops in the coming official campaign period in order for Canada to chart its way back to the world's bargaining table.

Gov't ISIL Response To Face Grilling

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper's willingness to send combat advisers to Iraq ahead of making a firm commitment of troops to NATO's newly bulked-up rapid reac...

Canada, Don't Forget About South Sudan

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 | 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...