“By Barbara Van Haute
Canada has a long reputation of following others in terms of international economic and military interventions. Where we did promote international intervention, the general record demonstrates that we did so with an underlying sense of caution and fairness. Lester Pearson’s development of the concept of peacekeeping to address the Suez Crisis of 1956 is a clear case in point. Economically speaking, our history demonstrates heavy reliance on the favour and acceptance of major foreign powers; specifically Great Britain and the United States. Seeking favour and acceptance includes developing policies and international agreements that are in sync with the expressed interests of those major foreign powers.
The goals and strategies of nation-states change over time. In 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada would be the ‘energy superpower’ of the 21st century. Few political pundits and analysts saw this as a potential reality.”
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