Where is Stephen Harper tak­ing Canada?

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TheEastern Town­ships Re­source Cen­tre in­vites you to at­tend its first ETRC Schol­arin-Res­i­dence Lec­ture Fe­bru­ary 4, 2015, at 12:00 pm, in the Cleghorn Common Room (McGreer) on the Bishop’s Univer­sity cam­pus.

Within the con­text of the new ETRC Scholar-in­Res­i­dence pro­gram, ev­ery year Bishop’s Univer­sity will re­ceive a vis­it­ing scholar from the State Univer­sity of New York Col­lege at Platts­burgh. The pro­gram will be of­fi­cially launched in the first week of Fe­bru­ary. Dr. Christo­pher Kirkey will be at Bishop’s of­fer­ing sev­eral lec­tures on Cana­dian for­eign pol­icy, Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy and Que­bec pol­i­tics. The ETRC in­vites every­body at­tend his pub­lic cam­pus-wide lec­ture on Fe­bru­ary 4th at 12pm in the Cleghorn Common Room. Un­der the ti­tle “Where is Stephen Harper tak­ing Canada?” Dr. Kirkey will ex­plore how Cana­dian for­eign pol­icy has evolved un­der the lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper.

On May 2nd, 2011, Stephen Harper se­cured the par­lia­men­tary majority that he had been seek­ing since the Con­ser­va­tive Party mi­nor­ity elec­tion vic­tory of Jan­uary 2006. Among other things, the vic­tory has re­sulted in the pur­suit of a se­ries of poli­cies and prac­tices that have re-ori­ented and could fun­da­men­tally change the di­rec­tion of Cana­dian for­eign pol­icy.

The shift in pri­or­i­ties, which moves Canada fur­ther away from its tra­di­tional post World War II fo­cus on lib­eral in­ter­na­tion­al­ism, Europe and the United States, has po­si­tioned Ot­tawa with a clear fo­cus on the use of force in in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics, and emerg­ing mar­kets. The core el­e­ments of this strat­egy ap­pear to be a demon­strated con­sis­tent will­ing­ness to pur­sue, in part­ner­ship with long­stand­ing al­lies, a com­bat ori­ented mis­sion for Canada in world af­fairs, and a clear in­ter­est in en­hanced re­la­tions with China, In­dia, Brazil and other emerg­ing economies. This con­ver­sa­tion will ex­plore th­ese sig­nif­i­cant shifts in Cana­dian for­eign pol­icy un­der Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper.”

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