Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Freeland says Canada needs hard power to support global order

Freeland says Canada needs hard power to support global order Canada seeks larger world role as US retreats - foreign minister
Christy Curtis | 09 June, 2017, 03:14

Canada will seek to support multilateral forums such as the United Nations, NATO, the G7, the G20, the Organization of American States and the Arctic Council, Freeland said.

Freeland reiterated that Canada was deeply disappointed by the decision to withdraw from the Paris pact but made no other criticisms of USA policy and did not mention Trump by name.

Some specialists stated that Freeland's speech is the prelude to the much-anticipated report on the defense policy review that will be submitted tomorrow by the Canadian Minister of National Defense, Harjit Sajjan, after months of deliberations and consultations.

Canada plans to strengthen its military presence in the most unsafe parts of the world, Ms. Freeland said, and will on Wednesday release details on spending plans for a new defense policy.

As a effect, Canada will have to develop its own "hard power" military capabilities to support diplomatic and development efforts overseas. She also championed the use of force overseas, 'always as a last resort, ' alongside its allies and under the principle of global law, which she presented as part of the history and future of his country.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau hinted in an interview that future defence budgets could become noticeably fatter after his department spent "a huge amount of time" working on the defence review, the report added.

Second, Freeland said she wants to increase military spending to "place the Canadian Armed Forces on a new footing".

Canada's foreign minister has said that the country must spend more on its military now that the USA is questioning its role of global leadership.

Her emphasis on hard military power is a tougher expression of the country's worldwide interests than Canadians are used to hearing.

Freeland's emphasis on hard military power is a tougher expression of the country's global interests than Canadians are used to hearing. "The Liberals have traditionally been soft power champions and she is saying that Canada needs both".

As President Donald Trump continues to badmouth the United States' traditional allies and withdraw from crucial global agreements, the country's neighbor to the north is preparing to pick up the slack. But she added that to depend totally on the U.S. protective umbrella would make Canada a "client state".

"Such a dependence would not be in Canada's interest".

The speech affirms Canada's support for multilateralism and rules-based worldwide systems, human rights, gender equality, fighting climate change and spreading economic benefits more widely.

In what was billed as a major speech on Canada's foreign policy priorities, Freeland sketched out the challenges the country faces today and the role it aspires to play.

The political rhythms of the English-speaking countries don't always move in sync, and Canada may step left while the USA steps right, or, more rarely, vice versa. Then, pausing, she said, "I would like to profoundly thank our American friends".

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