David Petrasek: Ten quick steps to reset Canadian foreign policy

Stephen-Harper-Photo-by-Heather-on-Flickr-620x411Ten Quick Steps to Reset Canadian Foreign Policy by David Petrasek (CIPSBlog, 20 October 2015).

 

David Petrasek, professor and human rights expert at the University of Ottawa, offers Ten Quick Steps to Reset Canadian Foreign Policy while the Liberals work over the longer term to re-establish Canada’s role as an active middle power that is committed to multilateralism and upholding international law.

 

1.    First, announce more ambitious reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions at the upcoming Paris conference.

2.    Launch a national inquiry on the question of missing and murdered indigenous women.

3.    Follow through on the pledge to increase the numbers and speed up the arrival of Syrian refugees in Canada.

4.     Sign the Arms Trade Treaty.

5.     Appoint a high profile Canadian to be Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

6.     Replace Canada’s ambassador to Israel.

7.     Announce the opening of negotiations to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran.

8.     Appoint an international justice ambassador.

9.     Make the global advancement of women’s rights and empowerment a foreign policy priority — and indicate this in assigning a mandate to the new foreign minister.

10.    Finally, announce Canada’s intention to ratify the American Convention on Human Rights.

See the full article here: Ten Quick Steps to Reset Canadian Foreign Policy (David Petrasek, CIPSBlog, 20 October 2015).