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Don Newman

Chairman of Canada 2020, Senior Columnist with ipolitics.ca

Don Newman is chairman of Canada 2020 and Senior Columnist with ipolitics.ca. Over his forty year career in journalism, Newman has served as foreign correspondent and Parliamentary Editor at the CBC. He was former host of the daily news program Politics and reported special live broadcasts on CBC Television News. Mr. Newman was named to the Order of Canada in 1999 and received the 2005 Hyman Solomon award for Public Policy Journalism. He is also a recipient of a Gemini award for public affairs broadcasting, the Parliamentary Press Gallery’s Charles Lynch Award as well as honorary degrees from both Queen’s and Winnipeg universities.

Most Recent Posts

Newman: Should Canada boycott the 2014 Sochi Olympics?

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August 8, 2013

This is a tricky question. It really depends on what other democracies, friends, and allies decide to do. As a country we should determine and follow foreign policy decisions that are in our national interest. There is no direct reason in our direct relations with Russia why we should boycott the Sochi Olympics, although support […]

Newman: Should Canada be calling for the overthrow of the Iranian regime?

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May 31, 2013

Canada should not directly call for the overthrow of the Iranian regime. Flawed as elections are in Iran, the regime still thinks they are necessary to provide a veneer of respectability. The current government was chosen in an election. An election will be needed to get a better replacement. What Canada and other like-minded countries […]

Newman: Who needs Keystone XL more, Canada or the United States?

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May 17, 2013

Canada! Certainly in the short run. Canada need the pipeline to the Gulf Coast to ease what soon will be a glut of Bitumen in Alberta as Oil Sands production continues to ramp up. If Keystone XL isn’t built, refineries on the Gulf Coast will still get oil from off-shore, either Venezuela, the Middle East, […]

Newman: Did Margaret Thatcher do more harm than good?

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April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher did much more good than harm. She is the second most important British Prime Minister of the Twentieth Century. After taking office in 1979 she stopped what had seemed to be an irreversible decline of feather bedding, high inflation and low morale. She was helped in her efforts by a group of Argentine […]

Newman: Does the pope still matter in international relations?

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March 4, 2013

It depends on the Pope and it depends on the issues. Certainly as a Polish Pope John Paul II had an impact in Eastern Europe in the 1980s as the foundation of the Soviet Empire began to crumble and then collapsed. The Wall would have come down anyway but the Papal shoulder was one more […]

Newman: Is American energy independence a threat to the Canadian economy?

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January 25, 2013

Not if we have other markets in which to sell our bitumen and gas. If we don’t, it will be. American Energy independence will not mean independence in every type of energy twelve months a year. In fact, Americans usually count Canadian energy as theirs in any accounting they do. Still there is no doubt […]

Newman: Should Canada’s military support the intervention in Mali?

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January 15, 2013

Yes. The role of providing transport support to French and perhaps troops from other nations that the Canadian government has now accepted appears to be appropriate. The stakes in Mali are high, as former Canadian diplomat and Al Queda hostage Robert Fowler among others have chillingly explained. Canada has both an interest and a moral […]

Newman: What should Canada’s top foreign policy priority be in 2013?

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January 6, 2013

Canada’s top foreign policy priority should be to continue developing political and economic relations with Asia. Both with China and India but also with other emerging markets. And with a market that has already emerged: Japan. Part of this strategy should also be domestic. Building pipelines and terminals on the B.C. Coast to meet Asian […]

Newman: Should the Canadian government put a price on carbon?

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October 11, 2012

To answer this question one must first answer another: Is the Canadian Government serious about reaching Green House Gas Emissions reduction targets? If the answer to that question is yes, then the answer to the carbon pricing question should also be yes. Experts in the climate debate generally agree there can be no effective GHG […]

Newman: How should the U.S. respond to the attacks on diplomatic personnel in Benghazi and Cairo?

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September 12, 2012

Clearly. The attacks cannot be ignored, but overreaction would be a mistake. Strong protest should be made both publicly and privately. One, mid-level diplomats from the offending countries should be declared PNG and expelled. As well, in private Washington should make clear that a repetition will have dire consequences. However, under no circumstances should diplomatic […]

Newman: Are drones a viable alternative to the F-35?

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May 28, 2012

No. Drones are unmanned planes aimed at specific targets. They function rather like a sophisticated rocket. And we know what each costs and how they work and that they are effective. The F-35 is being developed to be a highly mobile, sometimes virtually invisible manned fighter bomber which can carry out a variety of changing […]

Newman: Who is the most innovative thinker on Canada’s place in the world today?

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April 23, 2012

The most innovative thinker on Canada’s place in the world today is the Canadian currently playing the most prominent international role. Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney. As the man monitoring the performance of the worlds’ economies, Carney has a better sense of the contemporary world than anyone else in this country. The fact that […]

Newman: Should religion be a tool of Canadian foreign policy?

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February 19, 2012

This is a question that is more difficult than it at first appears. Human rights, freedoms and equality can and often are based on religion or religious principles. Moreover, working with countries of shared or compatible religious principles can be both effective and gratifying, But as a rule, that should be a bonus not a […]

Newman: Is the rise of state capitalism a threat to economies like Canada’s?

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February 13, 2012

What a good issue to discuss with Prime Minister Harper in China trying to drum up business in the poster child country of state capitalism.Because state capitalism is threat to economies like Canada’s if Canadians can’t figure out what is going on.And figuring out what is going on at any given moment isn’t easy.But prudence […]

Newman: Is the rise of state capitalism a threat to economies like Canada’s?

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February 13, 2012

What a good issue to discuss with Prime Minister Harper in China trying to drum up business in the poster child country of state capitalism.Because state capitalism is threat to economies like Canada’s if Canadians can’t figure out what is going on.And figuring out what is going on at any given moment isn’t easy.But prudence […]

Newman: Is North America dead?

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January 30, 2012

No. How could a continent with more well educated people than any other, more natural resources than most others, and in the United States and Canada the first and tenth ranked economies in the world be dead? What is dead at the moment appears to be most American politicians — at least from the neck […]

Newman: Why commemorate the War of 1812?

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October 24, 2011

Why not! If the original American plan to invade and capture Britain’s North American colonies while the English were busy with Napoleon had worked, Y’all know there would be no country of Canada. Because they failed miserably, the Americans have re-written history to portray the war as a British attempt to reverse the outcome of […]

Newman: Should Canada treat its intellectual property as a national asset?

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October 10, 2011

Asking this question is to answer it. Of course we should! Under what conceivable construct should we not? There is no serious country in the world that does not consider its intellectual property a national asset.  Everything from patents on scientific breakthroughs to copyrights on popular music is intellectual property. And all of it is an asset to […]

Newman: Can Lagarde and the IMF save the Euro?

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July 4, 2011

Lagarde and the IMF will not save the Euro. The Chinese will save the Euro at least for the forseeable future. Europeans will think they are saving the Euro because they will refinance their sovereign debt by selling it to the Chinese. Just this week the Chinese agreed to buy  Polish debt and British debt […]

Newman: What issue should John Baird prioritize?

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June 20, 2011

John Baird should concentrate on three things: Getting up to speed on Libya and what the NATO end game is there . It is a military operation now, but what comes next is going to be an issue for Foreign Affairs. What role to play in convincing the U.S. State Department to approve the Oil […]