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Canada and the Global Challenge: Finding a Place to Stand

Commentary by Bill Dymond, Michael Hart

At the time of this article’s writing, Canada’s last comprehensive foreign policy review was completed in 1995. In this context, its authors argue that a new foreign policy dialogue, launched in January 2003, would serve as a tentative step toward recognizing the need for a fresh look at Canada and the world.

Dymond and Hart argue the 20th century ended in 1989, with the triumph of liberal democracy and market economics as the dominant context of modern governance. Since that time, however, they contend that re-alignments in geo-politics and geo-economics consistently pointed to the need for a serious reappraisal of the assumptions that underpinned Canadian foreign and commercial policies since the end of the Second World War.

Dymond and Hart argue the process of reworking Canada’s foreign policy must start with consigning the tired bromides and invalid assumptions of the past to the dustbin. They suggest the imperative is to then look at Canada’s basic interests and enduring principles, while recognizing the central role that the US will play in Canada’s future.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Bill Dymond; Michael Hart;
Publisher: C.D. Howe Institute [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Canada - U.S. Relations
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Canada - U.S. Relations
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Canada - U.S. Relations / 2003
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Canada - U.S. Relations / 2003
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance


Keywords / Tags:

Canada's foreign policy; foreign policy dialogue; Canada-U.S. relations; commercial policies; governance;