Canada Abandons Advocacy

Carleton University Professor Evan Potter has described public diplomacy as “the effort by the government of one country to influence public or elite opinion of another nation for the purpose of turning the policy of the other nation to its advantage”. He notes “Canada spends approximately one-tenth of what its G8 counterparts spend on public […]

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Spinning and Scripting

On December 11, 2013, Canadian Liberal leader Justin Trudeau told the Canadian Press “I think Canadians are tired of politicians that are spun and scripted within an inch of their life, people who are too afraid of what a focus group might say about one comment or a political opponent might try to twist out […]

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Addressing Sexual Harassment

On November 5, 2014, Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau suspended two male Liberal Members of Parliament (MPs) from caucus pending an investigation into two separate sexual harassment allegations made by two MPs of another party. While Mr. Trudeau did not identify the victims of the alleged harassment, he did underscore the principle that […]

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Answering Obama

On November 4, 2014, American voters sent President Barack Obama a strong message. They seemed angry and concerned about his leadership to date, and his inability to articulate and communicate strong, coherent messages – addressing and assuaging their anxiety about a variety of issues at a difficult time. Indeed, the President himself has made this […]

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Staying On Message

In a speech on October 24, 2014, undeclared U.S. Democratic Party leader hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton told an audience  “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” Clinton was reacting to the preceding speech by  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose views have some weight with left-leaning Democrats. Warren’s […]

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