Where is Stephen Harper taking Canada?
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.”