In a recent interview with the Star, former Liberal foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy said that new pariah states, such as Syria, Yemen and Burma, have emerged and are laying dangerous landmines. At the same time, Canada now not only lags behind in world humanitarian aid, but according to Axworthy, “we’re worse: we’re actively getting in the way.”
The Ottawa Treaty (Mine Ban Treaty) once stood as one of Canada’s proudest diplomatic accomplishments. Axworthy played an instrumental role in developing and implementing the Treaty, which is one of the world’s most successful international agreements. But according to Axworthy, the goal of ridding the planet of these “diabolical” devices is now under threat:
“Here is this very rich, smart country with an incredible generation that wants to work internationally, but they’ve been shut down … We’re just not in the game anymore.”
– Lloyd Axworthy
To read the full article that resulted from Axworthy’s sit-down interview with the Star, please click here.