***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED*** New date to be confirmed.
Panel discussion with: PAUL DEWAR, Member of Parliament, New Democratic Party. JOHN MCKAY, Member of Parliament, Liberal Party of Canada.
Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Free. In English. Registration is not required.
Paul Dewar is the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre. He has served as the Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs, until he left the post in October 2011 to run for the leadership of the NDP. In this role, he advocated for the end of the war in Afghanistan, promoted the involvement of women in peace building, and promoted better corporate social responsibility for Canadian companies abroad. Since 2009, Dewar has also served as the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes against Humanity.
John McKay is the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough-Guildwood and currently serves as the Liberal Party Critic for Defence. Under his initiative, Parliament passed in 2008 Private Members’ Bill C-293 which requires that Canadian foreign aid be exclusively targeted toward the goal of poverty reduction, and requires timely and transparent reporting of how such funds are spent. In 2009, he also introduced the more controversial Private Member’s Bill C-300 on Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries.
Speakers will present their respective party’s vision for the future of Canadian foreign policy. They will address the aims and purposes of Canadian foreign policy and its various instruments, such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian International Development Agency, National Defense, the RCMP, and Canadian civil society.