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To fix Canada’s anaemic foreign policy, we must return to nation-building

By Zach Paikin      

If Canada wants to pack a punch on the global stage, then it needs to make up for the hard power it lacks by gaining an edge in other departments, writes Zach Paikin.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion, pictured at Canada 2020's Ottawa Forum Event in January 2016. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In our country, we often engage in reciting platitudes when it comes to foreign policy. “The world needs more Canada” is a quip that is often heard. Unfortunately, the primary purpose of such remarks is all too often to make us feel good about ourselves, rather than to encourage any serious effort toward transforming ourselves into a substantial global contributor. As was evidenced following Canada’s exclusion from a recent anti-Islamic State coalition meeting, most columnists in the mainstream

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