Smith, Heather A.
June 2009
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2009, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p57
Academic Journal
This article asks whether internationalism is relevant to our understanding of Canadian foreign policy during the Harper era. More specifically, is internationalism relevant to our understanding of Canadian climate change diplomacy since 2006? It is concluded that if we adopt a minimalist liberal and state-centric interpretation of internationalism it is possible to argue that, in the case of climate change, the Harper government is an unwilling internationalist. However, if we problematize internationalism as defined by Kim Richard Nossal in "Pinchpenny Diplomacy" and consider internationalism through the lens of critical theory we find that behind Conservative claims of consensus building, and so called commitments to multilateral processes are practices and policies that are self-interested, divisive, and anthropocentric. From a critical perspective, Canada uses the internationalist lexicon for strategic purposes to reflect attention away from the true nature of Canadian climate change diplomacy.


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