The Policy Question: A Critical Appraisal of Canada's Role in World Affairs

The Policy Question: A Critical Appraisal of Canada's Role in World Affairs

The Policy Question: A Critical Appraisal of Canada's Role in World Affairs

The Policy Question: A Critical Appraisal of Canada's Role in World Affairs

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I have stressed in this book the enduring challenges and conditions confronting the architects of Canada's foreign policy. At the same time I have related my thesis whenever possible to questions that are of present concern to Canadians, such as the acquisition of nuclear weapons and relations with China. In a fast-moving world there is risk that those who take a definite stand will regret their lack of caution. I believe, however, that the reader is entitled to know how the author would apply the broad principles he is advocating to the burning issues of the day.

Canada may soon have a new government. Even if this proves to be the case, it remains important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the policies we have been following. Only in this way can we ensure that our influence will help Canada to make her best contribution to the sane management of world affairs. I reject the view that there is nothing wrong with the country which sound leadership could not cure. If we insist that Canada function as a democracy, we cannot shirk our responsibility to study the issues before seeking to make our weight felt in the formulation of policy.

P.V.L. London, Ontario, February 7, 1963.

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