Canada's Changing Foreign Policy

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Independent Thrust of Canadian Policy

Foreign Policy Under Full Review in Canada

Canada is rebuilding its foreign policy to reflect the country's growing desire for a “fully independent Canada.” In recent months, Canada has decided to reduce its military contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to open negotiations with Communist China on establishing diplomatic relations, and to seek closer ties with Latin American countries. The independent thrust that is becoming evident in Canada's international posture is causing disquiet abroad.

Many of the initiatives for change in Canadian foreign policy come directly from Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, whose views reflect a cosmopolitan background.1 One of his first acts after winning an election victory in June 10682 was to order a review of Canadian external-affairs policy. This ...

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