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Government is about more than administering policies and guiding the state's internal needs. The Canadian government has an important role to play in the international community. Trade, technology, human rights, security, and culture all inform the relationship between states. Skilful diplomacy is required to promote Canadian values at home and around the world.
As a governing political party, you will need to express your goals and your strategy for how Canada will participate on the international stage. Before putting together your platform for international relations, consider the following:
Think about cultural and political differences of other nations that might affect your policies. Consider how your international policies will be received by Canadian citizens. How will you express your policies to the international community and to Canada?
What comes to mind when you think of the "global economy"? Think of the various products that Canada exports (such as electricity, water, and grain) and some of the responsibilities and consequences that come with participation in a global economy (like NAFTA, softwood lumber agreements, and copyright laws). Use Further Research and Canadian Documents for examples of important issues.
In 250 words, your challenge is to examine Canada's economic independence. How independent are we? Should we be more or less interdependent with other countries? Do we have a choice? Based on your findings, what policies for international relations and trade would your political party develop? What challenges or obstacles to your plans do you foresee?
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