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Canada’s Foreign Policy Under Scrutiny

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Feb. 21, 2019
12:00pm – 1:00pm


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Canada’s Foreign Policy Under Scrutiny



    As the government of Justin Trudeau prepares to seek re-election this year, Canada's foreign policy is coming under new scrutiny. Has Canada assumed a new mantle of moral leadership in the world? Are the Liberals charting a new course on human rights with Russia, Saudi Arabia and China, and driving change for women? Is its return to peacekeeping real or illusory? Andrew Cohen, author, professor, journalist and Global Fellow of the Canada Institute discusses Canada's place in the world.


    Selected Quotes

    • “The world is important to us in terms of trade. We say certain things at certain times, and I’m glad we lend our support to diplomatic efforts…. My argument has been, and remains today, that given our advantages, given our blessings, given our benefits, we could do much, much more. Smaller countries do more with what they have, than we do.” 
    • “If we are, in our goals, attempting to do things differently, to raise the stature of women, terrific. What makes me suspicious is that we’re using that as a fig leaf, to a degree rhetorically and otherwise, to obscure what we’re not doing. And what we’re not doing is we are not reaching or meeting commitments that we had long decided we should.”
    • “Canada’s foreign policy, beyond the United States, has become what I call a gestural foreign policy. It is one gesture at a time, and it’s an illusory foreign policy. It’s not that it doesn’t do good things, but there’s a level of rhetoric unmatched by the reality.”

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    Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more

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