Canadian Foreign Policy, 1977-1992: Selected Speeches and by Blanchette

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This quantity covers the loose alternate contract with the USA and Mexico; Canada's coverage in the direction of South Africa; growing to be peacekeeping efforts all over the world; and customary overseas difficulties comparable to immigration, drug trafficking, and the effect of alternate, relief and human rights on overseas coverage. Speeches are by means of political personalities resembling Pierre Trudeau, Joe Clark, Barbara McDougall, MacDonald and Brian Mulroney.

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Some Canadians argue sincerely that our Central American policy should concentrate more on public criticism of the United States. I believe that such a policy would reduce, and not increase, whatever real influence we might have in Washington on this question. It could, in addition, impede our ability to play other more active roles in support of the peace plan. S. policy, and our conduct should be guided by what makes us most effective in Central America itself. I expressed at the outset my views of the importance of creating an active, informed, and dispassionate Canadian public opinion, whose interest and judgment might encourage compliance with the peace plan.

From time to time the Council should also meet at ministerial level. Specialized agencies: We must also work for an improvement in the work of the Specialized Agencies. Many of these have a distinguished record. But our method of controlling the system as a whole has been unsatisfactory. We have been good at devising new programmes, but less so at identifying ones that are obsolete or at preventing duplication. One result has been an escalation of costs, which have doubled recently in five years.

It has even less success in what should be its central work—setting priorities and coordinating the work of the family of organizations in the economic, social, cultural, educational, health, and related fields. My delegation believes the Council should have more frequent and shorter sessions. At each one of these it could deal thoroughly with one group of subjects covering all of its agenda over a two-year period. From time to time the Council should also meet at ministerial level. Specialized agencies: We must also work for an improvement in the work of the Specialized Agencies.

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