True North in transition: Canadian foreign policy after 9/11

'In the decade since 9/11, and more drastically over the past five years, Canada's international image and reputation - our brand - have been fundamentally recast. The once familiar helpful fixer, honest broker, generous aid donor and boy scout to the world has today become something quite different.'

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Former prime minister Jean Chrétien, governor general Adrienne Clarkson and American ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci, are pictured days after the 9/11 attacks.
Daryl Copeland
Published: Tuesday, 09/13/2011 12:00 am EDT

In the welter of 9/11-related coverage over the past few weeks, surprisingly little attention has been devoted to an assessment of how Canada's role in the world has changed in the wake of that event. In my view, the import of the past decade has been profound.

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