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Question 10: Values and Culture

Are values such as human rights, democracy, respect for diversity and gender equality ones that Canada should continue to advocate in all parts of the world? If so, what are the best ways of doing this?



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This is rhetorical right?
We donít have to promote the things that everybody wants in the first place.
What we have to do is not back any country that spends itís time screwing around in other countries promoting the exact opposite.
1941 2003-05-02 01:17:35
Although Western culture now perpetually advocates each person's individual "rights," it may be more effective to frame this policy in terms of "responsibility." We all have the responsibility to respect each other as human beings. Many non-western cultures do not emphasize what 1934 2003-05-01 22:48:05
As noted, Canadians share many values with American people, but it's mostly our government and our corporations who share values with the American administration. This is because the U.S. government, and to a lesser extent our own, is heavily influenced if not controlled by big-business interes 1935 2003-05-01 22:25:38
Canada should continue to advocate for human rights, democracy, diversity, gender equality along with the other values that are central to the ten point agenda for eliminating global poverty outlined in response to question 1.

The abuse of human rights in its own right is an enormous global probl
CCIC 2003-05-01 21:50:40
Yes. It is important to model these values in our domestic policy and make sure they underpin all our foreign policy decisions. annag 2003-05-01 21:07:50
Absolutely. The best way of doing this is by the way we live and act internationally and at home. Supporting education at home and internationally is vitally important in this. 1919 2003-05-01 21:07:43
Canadians support their governmentís use of foreign policy to project the values and traditions that Canadians hold dear, such as democracy, respect for political and religious diversity, gender equality, and the resolution of disputes through dialogue and compromise rather than the resort to violen Canada_IsraelCommittee 2003-05-01 21:07:36

Our first concern in advocating these values is to practice them ourselves, especially when Canadians are important economic actors abroad.

As far as possible, the standards we require of those doing business in Canada, should govern as well the conduct of Canadian business operati
1906 2003-05-01 21:07:28

The pursuit of these values should continue and channelled through multinational forums, specific missions and events, as well as bilaterally where feasible.
1903 2003-05-01 21:07:22
Absolutely! Values such as human rights, democracy, respect for diversity and gender equality are exactly the sorts of values that we should try to advocate all over the world. In particular, we should work hard to encourage countries which repeatedly violate the rights of their citizens accountable 1910 2003-05-01 21:07:15
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