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Canadian Political, Social and Historical (Re)visions in 20th and 21st Century

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Edited By Marcin Gabryś, Magdalena Marczuk-Karbownik and Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek

Canada trying to bring together Indigenous peoples, "two solitudes" of the French and the British, as well as a variety of poly-ethnic immigrants has mastered search for consensus and compromise as the best response to national, regional, political and ethnic tensions. This book examines how the evolution of various ideas, schemes, projects, proposals and objectives influenced the Canadian political and social present. It analyses how far Canada was able to realize its initial visions and to what extent it was forced to rework and reform them. It takes into account both the ideas which have actually been implemented and the ones which never progressed beyond the conceptual sphere, yet are important from historical perspective.

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Assessing Canada’s Liberal Internationalism: Where is Canada Headed on the Global Stage?: (David Carment, Richard Nimijean)

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David Carment, Richard Nimijean

Assessing Canada’s Liberal Internationalism: Where is Canada Headed on the Global Stage?

Abstract: Canada’s engagement with the world in the past decade was complex and contradictory, marked by two competing visions of Canada. The Harper Conservative government during the first half of the decade sought to restore Canada as a proud and principled country that was not afraid to take tough stands on complex issues, be it terrorism, collective security, or the Middle East. This was seen as a necessary corrective to years of Liberal inaction. However, many Canadians saw the government as divisive and antagonistic, leading to a Trudeau Liberal government that promised to restore Canada to its former glory rooted in liberal internationalist values.

While rhetorically the two governments were radically different, in key areas, in response to global and domestic events, a trajectory of disengagement with global issues was evident in key areas like climate change, the Middle East and the Ukraine. We situate this within the past half century of Canadian foreign policy, dominated by liberal internationalism and the idea of Canada as a middle power. While Canada’s commitment to these ideals has diminished, their rhetorical power remains strong. This affects how Canada will approach key issues in the new decade.

Keywords: Canadian foreign policy, liberal internationalism, middle power, brand politics, Brand Canada

Introduction – Assessing Canada’s Liberal Internationalism

Canada’s role as a global actor is often described in terms of...

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