Canada’s Making Some Big Changes to its Foreign Policy

The Background

Citing increased global tensions, concerns over climate change and diminishing leadership from the United States, Canada’s federal government announced yesterday that it is stepping up its role on the world stage. “The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership puts into sharper focus for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course,” said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in her speech to the House of Commons. The Conservative opposition was quick to pounce on the speech, blasting the government for an “erratic” approach to foreign policy. Globe and Mail

Why You Should Care

With all that’s happening south of the border, it’s more important than ever that Canada stands on its own two feet. We’ve come to realize that the American administration is one we can’t rely on, as they continuously push their “America First” agenda, no matter how it affects their closest allies. It’s good to see the Canadian government is taking these changes seriously, and is planning to make some internal changes to compensate for a southern neighbour that seems to be totally spinning out of control.

What’s Next?

Freeland’s remarks also set the stage for today’s release of the defense policy review, which will outline Canada’s military spending plan. Freeland said Canada can no longer be so dependent on the U.S. for security and must step up investments in its armed forces.