Category: op-ed

Let’s act like an energy superpower: This is not just an Alberta fight. We need to wage a campaign in all 50 states around Canadian interests

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Published in Globe and Mail on Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010 It’s time for Canada to play the energy card and announce the fast-tracking of a new pipeline to the Pacific,… Read more »

A primer to the G8/20

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Summitry is predicated upon the idea that better personal relations between leaders can yield diplomatic benefits or as Churchill put it, ‘jaw-jaw’ is better than ‘war-war’. This was particularly important during the Cold War when the intent was to encourage the leaders of the Soviet Union and United States to reach for the red telephone rather than the red button.

Another gold – this one for the premiers: In Canada-U.S. relations, we need every level of government ready to play

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In hockey, we need different lines. So it is with Canada-U.S. relations, where we need to use all of our elected talent playing at every level of government. Making the case with the administration on Capitol Hill and with states is a permanent campaign. It requires a thousand points of contact if we are to put the puck in the net for Canada.

‘We can’t just wait out our Afghan commitment’

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“So are we done in Afghanistan, at least in terms of a major military commitment? Probably. But not necessarily… The road to success in Afghanistan now runs through NATO. Canadians have a special interest and commitment to NATO. We were present at its creation. While our commitment has not always been consistent, Canadians play a critical role in its development. As Riedel reminds us, what we decide will be closely watched in Washington and elsewhere. Hard decisions are still ahead of us before we sound the last post in Kandahar.”