Responsible conviction, explained

'Of course, we would like it if the world were made up of nothing but exemplary democracies. But our world is highly imperfect, and to improve it we must engage in it with our eyes open, not withdraw from it.'

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"Canada must stop being essentially the only one practising an empty chair policy with Russia, because by doing so, we are only punishing ourselves," says Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, pictured in January.
Stephane Dion
Published: Wednesday, 03/30/2016 7:47 pm EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 03/30/2016 8:23 pm EDT

The following is the text of a speech, titled A Guiding Principle for Canada in the World: Responsible Conviction, given by Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion at the Canada in Global Affairs conference at the University of Ottawa on March 29. Check against delivery:

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