Listen Now

Stein: What issue should John Baird prioritize?

By: /
13 June, 2011
By: Janice Stein
Professor, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

The new Foreign  Minister will have to signal Canada’s priorities in the first few weeks. He will have to pay attention to the war in Libya and make clear whether Canada has embraced regime change as a goal.  The Foreign Minister should also emphasize Canada’s commitments to open trading systems, and to new agreements in Asia and Latin America. In both regions, the government will have to put meat on the bones to deepen Canada’s trading and investment relationships. Finally, the Minister will have to move forward with the United States in removing the obstacles to trade and mobility and to smartening our shared border.

Before you click away, we’d like to ask you for a favour … 


Open Canada is published by the Canadian International Council, but that’s only the beginning of what the CIC does. Through its research and live events hosted by its 18 branches across the country, the CIC is dedicated to engaging Canadians from all walks of life in an ongoing conversation about Canada’s place in the world.

By becoming a member, you’ll be joining a community of Canadians who seek to shape Canada’s role in the world, and you’ll help Open Canada continue to publish thoughtful and provocative reporting and analysis.

Join us