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Leyton-Brown: Is Conservative foreign policy different from Liberal foreign policy?”

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5 September, 2011

In some ways yes there are particular policy priorities – e.g. Middle East.  But fundamentally Canadian interests endure regardless of the party in power, and Canada’s structural characteristics (e.g. high dependence on international trade, proximity to and interdependence with the United States, etc.) mean that the fundamentals of Canadian foreign policy should be common to any Canadian government.

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