Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Forgotten election issues in foreign policy

The Conservative Party provides the most detailed party proposal and has the most severe aggression against China

News Analysis

Although there is evidence that for a medium-sized open trade country like Canada, the world is more connected, but there was little discussion of foreign policy during the campaign. Key issues include the ongoing pandemic, communist China’s “hostage diplomacy” in detaining two Canadian citizens, and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

In this context, Canada’s non-partisan foreign policy think tank issued Open the envelope On August 23, an appeal was issued to the leaders of the five parties represented in the House of Commons, urging them to recognize the importance of foreign policy issues during the election campaign.

“If Canada continues to marginalize the important role of foreign policy discussions at home, it may weaken its ability to ensure its way of life and prepare for an increasingly uncertain world,” the non-profit organization Institute of Peace and Diplomacy wrote in a letter. Say. IPD) was signed by 40 scholars, experts and former diplomats.

Then on August 30, a panel of foreign policy experts’ comments were published in Globe and Mail Pointed out that “Foreign policy does not appear to be on the agenda of our party.”

It questioned the United States’ commitment to cooperating with allies to maintain international order, and stated that the responsibility for resolving urgent international problems rests with other democracies.

The commentary said: “Canada should use the important relationships we have established in decades of diplomacy and establish new relationships in order to exercise collective leadership.”

David MulroneyOn August 27, the former Canadian ambassador to China said on Twitter “The Afghan crisis shows how much we have retreated from the world,” adding, “Covid did not help, but what is more serious is the government’s cynical preference for drama (including clothing) rather than policies, capabilities, capabilities, efforts and promise.”

According to a report on August 30, people’s views on Canada’s recent evacuation in Afghanistan are basically negative. Angus Reed Poll.

this polling discover, Although 41% said it has reached the level it should have, Only 2% of Canadians said that the government’s efforts have been successful, while 37% said that the government’s efforts have failed.

Mainly China, but Russia is also increasingly considered The biggest threat to world security, Poses risks in the economic, military and other fields. For a long time, foreign policy experts have been calling for changes to Canada’s policies so that allies can better coordinate to respond to threats.

Party platform

IPD Executive Director Bijan Ahmadi told The Epoch Times: “We need to develop a coherent foreign and defense policy strategy centered on our interests, and invest in us in areas of strategic importance to Canada, including the Arctic and Pacific. Ability.”

this conservative Has the most detailed foreign policy platform to date, and New Democratic Party with People’s Party of Canada (PPC) There are more moderate proposals.this Green vegetables No Comment Foreign policy during the election campaign.

Foreign policy in China Liberal Party PlatformReleased on September 1st, it is largely a secondary consideration, focusing on democracy, human rights, diversity, and inclusiveness.

“Canada’s foreign policy is now more important than a generation,” the Conservative Party said in their “Canada Recovery Plan” campaign platform.

Since the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in 2018 and the subsequent detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor for being widely regarded as retaliation, it has responded to threats from China Has become one of the main focuses of Canadian foreign policy.

The IPD letter emphasized that the rise of China is one of the key dilemmas for Canadian interests.

The Conservative Party has been proposing to take a harder line against Communist China than the Liberal Party.this New Democratic Party Still talking about standing with Beijing and cooperating with Canada’s allies to lead an “international coordinated response to China’s ignorance of the rule of law.”

Liberal party Campaign platform In the subsection “Combating Authoritarianism and Foreign Intervention”, along with Russia and Iran, only mentioned that China is an “authoritarian country.”this ranking of bidding There is no mention of China in its foreign policy statement.

The Conservative Party has provided detailed plans to ensure and promote the country’s national defense and international development interests, including setting targets for key areas such as the Arctic and the Indo-Pacific region. They also stated that they will prohibit Huawei from entering Canada’s 5G infrastructure.

this New Democratic Party In favor of multilateralism as the basis of Canadian foreign policy.and ranking of bidding, Which will phase out development assistance and focus on emergency humanitarian operations, New Democratic Party 0.7% of gross national income will also be used for international development assistance and Give up intellectual property rights COVID vaccine rights Liberal party Unwilling to do it. The Liberal Party is also keen to increase international aid.

this ranking of bidding Canada will withdraw from all United Nations commitments and minimize its presence in United Nations agencies, noting that “the tendency to weaken national sovereignty is increasing.”

this Interpupillary distance Describing the world as “multi-polar” is characterized by “competition between major powers is accelerating”, and its behavior is “imposing restrictions on Canada’s ability to define and ensure its interests as a sovereign country.”

The most significant suffering in the world in the past two years is of course the pandemic, which has forced Canada to further engage with the international community.

The IPD letter said: “With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian lives are inseparable from global affairs, and this is even more apparent.”

Rahul Wadianat

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Rahul Vaidyanath is a reporter for The Epoch Times in Canada. His areas of expertise include economics, financial markets, China, and national defense and security. He has worked at the Bank of Canada, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and investment banks in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles.

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