Dallaire: What issue should John Baird prioritize?

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15 June, 2011
By: Roméo Dallaire
Canadian Senator and retired Lieutenant-General

Canada is a leading middle power with enormous potential to influence our neighbour the US of America. The priority of effort from Min Baird should be advancing Smart Power with US tangible support aimed at the Prevention of Conflicts in potentially imploding nations and concurrently rebuilding the decimated Diplomatic Corps to equal capabilities internationally as the Canadian Forces to pro-actively influence and diffuse frictions leasing crisis and massive abuses of human rights.

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