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Question 12: Values and Culture
What are the best means for Canada to make its culture and experience known
|Actions ultimately speak louder than words. The Government of Canada cannot pay lip service to fundamental aspects of Canadian culture, such as the goals of poverty eradication and improved universal health care and at the same time support multilateral trade arrangements that contribute to defeating such goals in other parts of the world.
The federal government should be unequivocal in its support for poverty eradication, universal health care and related goals. If Canada is to restore the international reputation as a friend of Southern countries, that it enjoyed prior to the mid 1980s, it must be seen to act decisively in support of its own cultural values. Canada can better make its own culture and experience known abroad by promoting and strengthening the civil society sector globally (through promotion of human rights and civil liberties; support for democracy, appropriate legal and fiscal frameworks, and targeted development assistance).
Recommendations in response to Question 12
1. Promote global citizenship.
2. Promote and strengthen the civil society sector globally (through promotion of human rights and civil liberties, support for appropriate democratic, legal and fiscal frameworks, and targeted development assistance).
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