In the Sunday (12 Sept 2015) edition of The Globe and Mail, former Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien discussed Canada’s influence on the world stage with specific reference to the Ottawa Treaty.
Chrétien, who served in office from 1993 to 2003, argues that Canada:
“has managed to assert repeatedly both its independence and its commitment to international institutions such as the UN and NATO in international relations. Working within this framework led Canada, during my mandate, to play leading roles on issues such as the Ottawa Treaty, an international convention on the ban of anti-personnel mines, and the establishment of the International Criminal Court. In this same spirit, we also signed the Kyoto Protocol on climate change …
However, since then something has happened to Canada’s international reputation. I fear it has been altered and damaged for a long time. In 2010, for the first time, Canada’s bid for a seat on the Security Council of the United Nations was defeated. The next year we sent our planes to bomb Libya, and we are now participating militarily in Iraq and Syria.”
To read the full text of Chrétien’s article, please click here.