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Putting foreign policy to paper: Freeland largely crafted speech herself, with help from ‘lengthy’ talks with PM

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Using the House as a forum to outline Canada's foreign policy added weight to the speech, says former Liberal leader Bob Rae.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland last week presented a long-awaited foreign policy speech in the House of Commons. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Last week’s 4,000-word foreign policy speech reveals weeks worth of work, cross-departmental collaboration, and though many likely had a hand in the document, insiders say it was crafted in large part by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. With its talk of “hard power,” Canada being an “essential country” and taking a strong stance as a middle power, Ms. Freeland (University-Rosedale, Ont.) didn’t mince words June 6 during the first of three international policy updates last week—seen by some

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