In a major foreign policy speech in the House of Commons today, she doesn’t mention Donald Trump by name, but makes an unabashed pitch for the international rules-based order that the U.S. president’s America First policy is attacking.
She says Canada doesn’t need a “Canada First” foreign policy, but given that the U.S. is now questioning the worth of its global leadership, it is more important than ever for Canada to plot its own course in the world.
The speech affirms Canada’s support for multilateralism and rules-based international systems, human rights, gender equality, fighting climate change and spreading economic benefits more widely.
She says Canada played a major role in shaping the world order after the Second World War because the country – including her own ancestors – suffered heavy losses fighting two world wars.
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