Victoria has had a long history and interest in international affairs. Victoria became a branch of the forerunner Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) in 1936. However, in 1934, there were two Victoria representatives on the national council: W.T. Straith, a lawyer who later served in the provincial cabinet, and B.G. Nicholas, the legendary editor of the Victoria Daily Times. By 1936-37 the Branch was fully organized and its almost forty members met regularly to hear such speakers as F.R. Scott, Escott Reid, the CIIA’s first secretary, and F.H. Soward, as well as visitors from China and Australia.
Recent speakers have included, Sally Armstrong, Martin Collacott, Bob Fowler, Derek Fraser and Jeffrey Simpson
Today, the Branch has about 150 active members, including academics, students, and interested public, many of whom have served in senior positions with the Departments of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and of National Defence. Often there are approximately 100 members and non-memberss who attend the monthly meetings to listen to and question guest speakers over lunch.
In addition, the Branch offers partnered support for speakers with Victoria’s Union Club; hosts a series, Politics in the Pub, an informal evening of panel discussions on various topics drawing on local expertise; and has held the occasional conference.
The Victoria Branch has successfully launched its first informal meeting in a pub setting, under the rubric of Politics in the Pub.
In the early evening of February 12…
The Thunder Bay Branch of the Canadian International Council welcomes Yves Engler, who will speak on “The Role of Stephen Harper in Canadian Foreign Policy.”
February 15, 2011, Paul Summerville’s talk “2012: The Year of Living Dangerously”
2012 will be the year of living dangerously.
The outlook for th…