TITLE

Tensions in Canada's Foreign Policy

AUTHOR(S)
Bromke, Adam; Nossal, Kim Richard
PUB. DATE
December 1983
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Winter83/84, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p335
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the Canadian foreign policy in post-World War II era. Canada's foreign policy reflects the nature of the polity itself: it is marked by stability, a penchant for compromise, and a distinct disinclination for rapid political change. Not since 1963 has foreign policy been a major political issue in Canadian politics. The breakdown of détente by 1980 alerted the Canadian public to the continuing dangers of East-West rivalries. The advent of the cruise missile has once again enhanced the strategic importance of the Canadian north, and rekindled the uneasiness with which Canadians have viewed their country's minor role in maintaining the balance of terror. Now, as the Trudeau era appears to be approaching its end, foreign policy looks like being a major issue in the general elections which will be held in the summer or fall of 1984. Since the Second World War, Canada's foreign policy has enjoyed a remarkable consistency. A coherent intellectual framework defining Canada's place in the world, which has proved exceedingly durable, evolved in the early postwar years. The key problem for Canadian policymakers, then as now, was the rivalry between East and West, and Canada's role in Soviet-American relations.
ACCESSION #
5618090

 

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