Canada’s foreign policy has strayed from its traditional path, losing the traction it once had on the world stage.
Canada’s last two attempts to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council failed. Our international standing as a neutral middle power and an honest broker has lost its shine. Our reputation has slipped with many developing countries.
Our foreign policy is in urgent need of a reset. It’s time to reclaim Canada’s traditional place as a major global player. We need to up our game as global advocates for fairness, equitable treatment and human rights. We need to stand out as role models for the elimination of racism and discrimination.
With the world facing a myriad of political, social and economic problems, the global stage needs more Canada, not less. But it also needs a Canada that speaks with old-fashioned Canadian identity. That identity once garnered the admiration of the international community of nations because Canada spoke from collective experiences and foundational values.