Question 1: The 1995 Policy Review and Since
Which values and interests bear most fundamentally on Canada's foreign policy? How can Canada's foreign policy better reflect the concerns and priorities of Canadians?
|Governments are elected to represent the concerns of the everyday working people. These working people, particularly Native cultures, have been the longest- and therefore probably the most knowlegeable and effective stewards of the land. They work it and invest most of their lives and time respondin
|I represent Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Carol Devine, MSF's Humanitarian Affairs Officer and Representative for the Access to Essential Medicines Campaign.
MSF has hundreds of donors in Canada, thousands overseas, who support our work, and hundreds of Canadian vo
|A better understanding about the cultures of other countries and the struggle of their human rights againsts corporations, international bodies and other oppressive institutions is what is needed to reflect the concerns and priorities of Canadians. If Canada does not acknowledge the struggles of the
|I feel that the promotion of fundamental freedom and equality to all citizens of the planet is paramount. This should be free of any restrictions of any kind.
Diversity must be promoted as it is what evolution is all about.
|The primary values and interests that should drive Canadian foreign policy are global social justice, peace and respect for the planetís ecosystems.
In 1995, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed 1997-2006 the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty with the theme "Eradicating
|The values mentioned in the document are still appropriate to Canadaís foreign policy. These include respect for diversity, tolerance, human rights etc. I see values as being of primary importance, so that we should not make policy decisions that are not in accordance with our values. A true underst
|I agree with the entire section on Human Security, and would feel that these are the values and interests which should bear upon our foreign policy. Our multicultural society is very important. We need to be very careful that we are not too heavily influenced by US policies.
|Foreign Policy should reflect the innate character of Canadians that
is recognised around the world as civilized, educated, urbane and
humanitarian.If we are criticized for not being sufficiently agressive
so be it. It is wise that we should participate in those international
|Canadians value peacekeeping, sharing resources, and supporting those in need. We are a humanitarian country who condemns human rights violations in other countries. Freedom should be promoted and respected in all countries. (not only physical freedom, but also freedom of religion, freedom of spee
|Values and Interests: Democracy, multiculturalism,multilateralism, global peace and security, commitment to alleviating poverty on a global basis through aid but more importantly trade, basic fundamental human rights (Life, health and education)as outlined under the UN Charter.