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Stories by David Carment

Parties competing over values, not substance, in foreign policy platforms

We can expect discussions of foreign policy to play a big role in the election campaign, as it reaches out to political bases and allows parties to distinguish themselves. But whose foreign policy will it be?
Canada’s presence in NATO is an essential means of promoting and protecting minority rights in the region.
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.
Their myriad of policy blunders—from the peacekeeping debacle to the lack of funding for their Feminist International Assistance Policy—have raised questions about their ability to deliver on their stated goals.
Trump's election is implicitly cajoling Canada's leaders to, reluctantly and hesitantly, embrace change.
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