The growing interdependence of our global village demands that electors and their politicians be more engaging on matters of international relations, during national election campaigns. An economic or political action in one corner of the world, quickly sends shock waves across the global village, compelling people, businesses, civil society, and governments to react accordingly. We therefore cannot simply afford that all politics be exclusively local. Next year, Canadians will get that opportunity. Moreover, they will have a clear choice to make: favoring four more years of PM Harper’s foreign policy approach or, opting for a return to Canada’s more traditional trajectory.
Sergio Marchi, a former Canadian Minister of International Trade and Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, will explore the implications of this foreign policy decision. Marchi has worked and lived in Geneva for some 10 years. He will bring the perspective of a Canadian expat looking at our country from afar, as well as incorporating what internationalists in Switzerland are thinking about Canada’s current role on the international stage.