Embassy’s crystal-ball look at the Oct. 16 throne speech and coming government priorities.
The Keystone pipeline, Mali, and budget are all set to be on Parliament’s agenda this winter.
It has been a busy last few weeks for Foreign Minister John Baird and his staff.
The economy will once again be the government's top priority during the next 16-week sitting of the House of Commons and 17-week Senate term, starting Jan. 30. Work will include an emphasis on the diversification of Canada's energy exports away from the United States, strengthening economic ties with China, and the completion of a free trade deal with the European Union.
New copyright bill, innovation top fall wish list.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper set the tone for MPs' Sept. 19 return to Parliament (and Senators on Sept. 27), by talking almost exclusively about the economy, and jobs in particular, to his Conservative national caucus in Ottawa Sept. 8.
'He can be ambitious, especially if he moves early,' says prof Daudelin.
In a speech to his Conservative caucus last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper explicitly noted diversification of trade as one of his priorities.
As the House returns and election talk heats up, the economy, budget freezes, stealth fighter jets and human smuggling will take centre stage.
When the Harper government first began getting its feet wet in 2006, it consistently emphasized three main foreign policy priorities: Canada needed a re-invigoration of relations with the United States; a restoration of its lost military pride; and the establishment of a more business-friendly economy that would attract foreign investment.
While analysts for years have been dismissing it as simply a rhetorical device, the Harper government's stated commitment to a "principled" foreign policy approach continues to endure five years on.
On Dec. 1, Liberal MPs announced it would not support the government's controversial anti-human smuggling bill because some of the proposed measures would unfairly target refugees and violate their rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Vancouver Winter Olympics are an increasingly distant memory and G8 and G20 leaders have come and gone. While there are still four months left until 2011, Canada's year in the international spotlight has largely passed, and with it the country's ability to have a large role in defining the global agenda.
Most of Canada's internationally-minded ministers have had a pretty busy year, be it full of accomplishments or gaffes. Embassy has examined the performance of the six ministers Stephen Harper has delegated to represent Canada's diverse interests abroad.
A decade from now, if everything goes as planned, Canadians won't recognize their military.
The House rose at the beginning of summer with the passing of the much-expected reform to Canada's refugee system—and the resuming of Parliament doesn't appear as if it will be a letdown either.
Of the dozen trade deals the government says Canada is pursuing, it's hard for the average Canadian to discern which of these have priority and which are stalled.