Show Me The Money

Policy only works if it's backed up by budgetary clout, says retired UN ambassador

Sarah McGregor
Published: Wednesday, 04/27/2005 12:00 am EDT

Healthy cash infusions for the military, diplomacy and international aid in this year's budget are 'crucial' to a new foreign policy blueprint that aims to reverse Canada's slipping global status, according to the former chief foreign policy advisor to prime minister Brian Mulroney and a retired UN ambassador. "I welcome the fact that the statement confirms the thrust of the recent budget. An effective foreign policy costs money," says Paul Heinbecker, now a senior research fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo. "Declaratory foreign policy not backed up by effective instruments of influence and power risks being just empty rhetoric."

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