From my comment in today’s Ottawa Citizen:
Canada has lost its ability to generate big ideas in foreign policy. So argues Kyle Matthews, drawing on comments made by distinguished former diplomat Robert Fowler back in 2010. Both claim that the “vision thing,” as Fowler puts it, has all but disappeared from Canada’s engagement abroad.
I would suggest just the opposite, however. The Conservative government has, in fact, articulated a distinct set of ideas to inform its foreign policy. Moreover, those ideas are sufficiently different from the principles they replace that longtime observers and participants such as Matthews and Fowler have trouble even recognizing them.
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