Posted by: Nathan M. | March 25, 2009

DFAIT Funding Slashed

It has recently been revealed that the Foreign Affairs department of Canada is going to suffer under a $639 million cut from funding. This is in direct contrast to the raise in img1funding for defence. In fact, DFAIT has experienced a steady deterioration of funding for the last decade, and this was only made worse when Harper came to office. There has been an increase in emphasis on hard power and “high politics”, and the Canadian reputation has suffered as a result. Canada is not a military nation-yes, we can all lament the time that we had the third largest military following World War II, but that was only a temporary stint. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that the Canadian military is something that we should be proud of, and we need to honour .However, Canada is not simply a hammer like the United States. We are the knife that a carver uses to make the details. We do, in fact, have the ability to use hard-power and make lasting impacts, but our real ability is the fact that, since we are not a superpower, we are able to work with nations and help them to rebuild. This is why it is so very important that Canada continues to explore and use our diplomatic abilities. Canada has a national history of international involvement. In fact, more and more Canadians are identifying themselves as “global citizens”. Canadians view Canada as a nation that works in the international community to promote wellbeing and human rights for all. It is necessary to have hard power in order to ensure that this is able to actually occur, but it is also necessary for there to be a voice for these movements, and a voice for humanity in general. Canada has been that voice, but this whole concept is simply dying because of our Government’s actions.

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  1. Here are two articles that you should all read, they give an excellent look into Canadian foreign policy. I would encourage the continual use of this source as well.

    http://embassymag.ca/page/view/emerson-3-18-2009

    http://embassymag.ca/page/view/foreign_affairs_cuts-3-18-2009

  2. Wow… For the first time in a while I’m in total agreement with you. Harper needs to stop trying to be America (we all know how great that’s gone over the last few years…) but instead be America’s voice of reason

    I’m not being unpatriotic, I’m being a realist ( being a bit anti-American I’m proud to say I was the only student with the guts to sit down when a choir started to sing the star spangled banner)

    Besides, America serves an important (if a little overzealous) role in the world, but ONE America is enough


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