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Question 3: The 1995 Policy Review and Since
Canada is a member of many international organizations, including the G8, NATO, the Commonwealth, La Francophonie, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Arctic Council. Should our participation in any of these be strengthened, or adjusted?
|| Most of these organizations have the stale odour of out of date “old boy’s networks”. I think Canada should take a real stand and support social movements on this planet.
Social forums instead of economic forums.
||Assuming a more active role in Nato would be beneficial for Canada as well as other countries. The tragedies in Kosovo and Rwanda have already shown that the UN will not take action in many situations that require international intervention. Presently however, Canada is not in a position to assume a
||CCIC favours a fair trade and multilateral approach to Canada’s work within the international system. Canada’s contribution to international organizations needs to be both consistent, in terms of policy, and independent. The values and interests that should be fundamental to Canadian foreign policy
||I see Canada’s participation in the UN and its agencies as vital, even thought these institutions are somewhat flawed. Much more work needs to be done on the implementation of all the declarations, plans of actions etc. Part of Canada’s work should be on helping to democratize the UN and allow for m
||Canada has traditionally taken a very favourable position towards international institutions and the policy of multilateralism. Canada views international institutions as important mechanisms through which the views of the international community are given expression, and the forums in which grievan
||In light of NATO's recent transition from an alliance against Soviet threats to an alliance for launching unprovoked and unjust attacks, such as the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia, Canada should reconsider its participation in NATO, and end this participation if necessary to avoid complicity in any
||La francophonie is an organization established by the government
of France for the specific objective of retention of the use of
French in former French colonies in Africa. It was supposed that
the use of the language would be likelyto ensure continued markets
for goods produced in France. Thr
||Multilateralism has always been the key pillar to Canadian foreign policy. This should continue and be strengthened in strategic areas that are imprtant to Canada and Canadians. Although NATO did not evolve into what Lester B. Pearson had expected in terms of economic development it has remained a k
||We must not give up on the notion of change through open debate. Minds can only be changed through discussions, not military force. Fear is a poor motivator. Mutual concern, respect, and compassion will continue to motivate once economic gain is passed by.
We need bold, relevant, and current i
||All of these are important fora in which Canada's voice needs to be heard.
However, we need to consider critically the ongoing role of NATO. What is its purpose in a post Cold War world? Should its military role be de-emphasized for a more politically and economically oriented agenda? What
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