Home » Money

Freeland says Canada needs more military 'hard power' as U.S. looks inward

08 June, 2017, 01:43 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Freeland says Canada needs hard power to support global order

Even though she did not mention Donald Trump by name, Freeland rebuffed numerous USA president's policies by outlining the main stances of Canada´s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's liberal foreign policy.

The speech is meant to foreshadow the release of Wednesday's defence policy review, which is expected to make the case for billions in new military spending.

Freeland, however, expressed deep disappointment at the US abandonment of the Paris pact and said the existing worldwide order helps constrain powerful nations.

"To put it plainly: Canadian diplomacy and development sometimes requires the backing of hard power".

And she added that, unlike the United States under Trump, Canada would not reject global alliances, and would continue to "work with other like-minded people and countries who share our aims".

"It would be naive or hypocritical to claim before this House that all Americans today agree", she said.

The Canadian foreign minister did not mention Donald Trump by name, but in context, she didn't have to.

"It is by pulling our weight in this partnership, and in all our global partnerships, that we, in fact, have weight", she said.

Canada announced Wednesday it will increase its defense spending by 70 percent over the next 10 years in part because, said its Foreign Affairs Minister, many Americans want to "shrug off the burden of world leadership".

Spicer won't say whether Trump has confidence in Sessions
Trump's relationship with Sessions, though, is much stronger and longer-standing than his relationship ever was with Comey. Things appear to be tense between President Trump and one of his longtime supporters, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Canada, she said, would "strive for leadership" in multilateral global forums such as the G7, the G20, NATO, the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. To say this is not controversial: "it is simply a fact".

Welcome to the Trudeau Doctrine: Canadian foreign policy seeks to preserve multilateral institutions and the Western alliance in the wake of America First.

Although Freeland was careful to say that Canada was "grateful" for the "outsized role" that the United States has played in the world, there was an undertone of disappointment throughout the speech, something seldom heard recently in Canada-U.S. relations.

"Such a dependence would not be in Canada's interest". "As Prime Minister Trudeau said last week, Canada is deeply frustrated by the decision of the USA federal government to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, ' she said".

Ottawa's sudden break with Washington comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last month that the United States was no longer a reliable ally, and amid public outrage in Britain over Trump's tweets seen as critical of London's Muslim mayor following an attack that killed seven people, including a Canadian woman.

This will not go down well with the prickly - and, it seems, at times paranoid - American President.

"Whatever their politics, Canadians understand that, as a middle power living next to the world's only super power, Canada has a huge interest in an global order based on rules", Freeland said.

Freeland's third goal is to add new trading partners to counterbalance its biggest client, the US-as the two countries and Mexico prepare to revamp NAFTA.

Recommended:

  • White House tries to regroup, but Trump isn't helping

    Commenters said the jokecast into sharp relief the frequent contrast between what White House officials and the president say. But Monday morning's series of messages shows Trump will rarely, if ever, break his Twitter habit.
    Selena Gomez in Love With The Weeknd

    Selena Gomez in Love With The Weeknd

    However she still went braless in the delicate number. "I am very empathetic so sometimes traveling can be hard for me". She and her friends went out to dinner with the "I Feel It Coming" singer at the NY hotspot Carbone.

    England storm into semis of Champions Trophy

    Mark Wood took the crucial wicket of Kiwi captain Kane Williamson , who had made 87 and seemed to be taking his team to victory. The Kiwis play Bangladesh in their final group game with all three sides still able to join England in the knockout stages.
  • Vladimir Putin Warns "Nobody Would Survive" Hot War Between US And Russia

    Apparently referring to the prospect of death, he then said, "One day, this is going to happen to each and every one of us". As for Putin, he has used sexism against his opposition in the past.
    Apple updated macOS, here's High Sierra

    Apple updated macOS, here's High Sierra

    Furthermore, it uses Intelligent Tracking Prevention that uses machine learning to identify trackers and protect users' privacy. Apple has announced the latest version of its operating system for Macs and MacBooks at WWDC 2017: macOS 10.13 High Sierra .
    Are new Trump hotels exploiting presidency or just business?

    Are new Trump hotels exploiting presidency or just business?

    On the same day, the Trump Organization announced that the first property of its four-star hotel line, Scion, will also open in Mississippi.
  • Trump attacks London Mayor Sadiq Khan over misconstrued statement - again

    Prime Minister Theresa May , the Conservative Party leader, was asked earlier on Monday about Trump's criticism of Khan . PM May told reporters: "I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else".
    Babies may sleep better in their own beds

    Babies may sleep better in their own beds

    Risks for SIDS include loose bedding, sleeping in the same bed as parents, sleeping face-down and living at home with a smoker. Babies who shared rooms with parents at 4 and 9 months also had four times the odds of migrating to their parents' beds.
    Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, saying it backs terror

    Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, saying it backs terror

    There was panic buying in supermarkets after Saudi Arabia closed off its land border with Qatar - a major source of food imports. The Gulf states banned their citizens from traveling to Qatar and ordered Qatari citizens to leave within 14 days.
  • Tesla Model Y previewed for the first time, new medium crossover

    Tesla Model Y previewed for the first time, new medium crossover

    He also shared a simple piece of advice when asked by a shareholder what he thought of AAA's increase in Tesla insurance premiums. COMPETITION: Until now, Tesla has owned the market for fully-electric vehicles that can go 200 miles or more on a charge.

    Australia's GDP grows 0.3 percent

    The result was pulled down by net exports which subtracted 0.7 percentage points, heavily affected by Cyclone Debbie. Australia has not seen a recession since 1991 and growth regularly outpaced its peers in recent years.
    Police find body in Thames; likely 8th London terror victim

    Police find body in Thames; likely 8th London terror victim

    Police searching for a man believed to have been killed in the London terror attack have recovered a body from the River Thames. Fears are growing over the whereabouts of at least five people still missing following the horrific attacks on Saturday night .


Popular

Apple announces new Kaby Lake iMacs
Featuring next-generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, iMac Pro is created to handle the most demanding pro workflows. Apple also announced the launch of a new 10.5 inch iPad Pro, which has a retina display and weighs only 0.45kg.

David Beckham's MLS Miami stadium gains Miami-Dade approval
But Hardemon is skeptical as on that front well, adding: "I don't believe that, necessarily, a stadium will revitalize an area. They voted on Tuesday to approve a deal to sell David Beckham's group almost three acres of county land.

Markelle Fultz, projected top pick, will only work out for the Celtics
One of the top prospects in the NBA Draft visited the Boston Celtics weeks away from when the Celtics will pick at No. 1. He was named an All-American 3rd team member even though his team unfortunately did not secure a postseason opportunity.

Oil drops 2% as United States climate withdrawal compounds glut concerns
In Libya, output has recovered to 827,000 bpd after technical problems were resolved at the Sharara field. However, US crude production rose to 9.34 million bpd last week, up almost 500,000 bpd from a year ago.

Kellyanne Conway's husband knocks Trump on Twitter
An accomplished attorney who recently took himself out of the running to lead the Justice Department's Civil Division, Mr. In an email, Conway confirmed that he wrote today's tweet, but declined to elaborate on his views in an interview.