Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quotes, Reaction to Freeland Foreign Policy Speech

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quotes, Reaction to Freeland Foreign Policy Speech

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Quotes on Freeland foreign policy speech

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OTTAWA - Some quotes from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's foreign policy speech Tuesday and reaction to it:

"To put it plainly: Canadian diplomacy and development sometimes require the backing of hard power. Force is of course always a last resort. But the principled use of force, together with our allies and governed by international law, is part of our history and must be part of our future." Freeland.

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"Whatever their politics, Canadians understand that, as a middle power living next to the world's only super power, Canada has a huge interest in an international order based on rules. One in which might is not always right. One in which more powerful countries are constrained in their treatment of smaller ones by standards that are internationally respected, enforced and upheld." Freeland.

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"In short, Canadian liberalism is a precious idea. It would not long survive in a world dominated by the clash of great powers and their vassals, struggling for supremacy or, at best, an uneasy detente. …

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