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On foreign policy, Trudeau’s Liberals are long on rhetoric, short on action

By David Carment, Richard Nimijean      

Major parties seek to distinguish themselves by politically redefining Canada’s identity and its rhetorical role in the world, though the broad trajectory of foreign policy is unlikely to change.

Liberal, Tory, same old story? Despite all the window dressing and rhetorical differences across governments, Canadians have seen relative continuity in foreign policy between Conservative governments and Liberal ones like that of Justin Trudeau, argue David Carment and Richard Nimijean. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Is Canada back? That is the question we ask in our most recent issue of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ). Leading Canadian scholars examine the Liberal government’s branding of its foreign policy to steal votes from the opposition, target a new generation of social media-savvy voters, and scoop up those left marginalized by a decade of neglect under Conservative Stephen Harper. Just like Harper’s similar claim a decade earlier, Justin Trudeau signalled that his government would operate

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