Canada can no longer rely on United States for global leadership, Freeland says

Canada can no longer rely on United States for global leadership, Freeland says

Canada can no longer rely on United States for global leadership, Freeland says

Canada's foreign minister has said that the country must spend more on its military now that the United States is questioning its role of global leadership.

While Freeland did acknowledge that the US has been "the indispensable nation" in its "seven-decades-long" contribution to shared peace and prosperity, she said a "Canada first" view would "be wrong" - a clear jab at President Trump's "America first" policies.

The speech came ahead of the publication of Wednesday's defense policy review, which is expected to outline billions of dollars of spending on warships and fighter planes to renew Canada's military capability, and Canada's priorities for foreign military deployments.

Freeland, however, expressed deep disappointment at the USA abandonment of the Paris pact and said the existing global order helps constrain powerful nations.

"To put it plainly: Canadian diplomacy and development sometimes require the backing of hard power", Freeland said, per the Toronto Star, warning that Canada can't rely on getting a "free ride" from United States military power.

And she added that, unlike the United States under Trump, Canada would not reject worldwide alliances, and would continue to "work with other like-minded people and countries who share our aims". "Yet it would be naive or hypocritical to claim before this House that all Americans today agree". "A fortress Canada approach is not going to be an approach that will maintain our prosperity or our safety", she said.

In the most definitive statement of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's foreign policy since the election of President Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told lawmakers in Ottawa the country will continue to support global alliances-both commercial and military-because these ties are in the best interest of a "middle power" like Canada.

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"Many of the voters in last year's presidential election cast their ballots, animated in part by a desire to shrug off the burden of world leadership", Ms. Freeland told a silent House of Commons.

Canada, she said, would "strive for leadership" in multilateral worldwide forums such as the G7, the G20, NATO, the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. "To say this is not controversial: it is a fact".

Experts say his "America first" policy has represented a departure from recent administrations that have sought to expand American influence overseas.

"Freeland said that worldwide relations seemed unchanging for 70 years, but some long-standing agreements 'that have shaped our security and prosperity for generations in Europe, Asia and North America" are now put into question.

Her speech never directly named Trump.

Freeland spoke in the wake of recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 summits where U.S. President Donald Trump upset world leaders to such an extent that German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed doubts about the reliability of the United States.

Freeland said Canada played a major role in shaping the global order after the Second World War because of the country - including her own family - suffered heavy losses in two world wars.

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