Challenge and Change to
Canada’s Foreign Policy:
1981 – 2001
20TH Anniversary Annual Policy Conference of the
Group of 78
September 21-23, 2001
“We can lead in this new era of conflict resolution but we must do it with new tools… There are nations in development that are screaming for this country to lead the world in regard to conflict resolution, to respect human life, to take the lead in fact, in proclaiming that every human is (fully) human”.
Lt. General (ret.) Romeo Dallaire
“These behind-the-border issues of democracy, economic equity and sustainable development are the issues that will ultimately decide our future as Canadians. They are the proper subjects of a Canadian foreign policy that answers to our interests, and to our values as citizens of the world”.
“I hope the Group can urge the government, which doesn’t know what its vital interests are, and say: ‘Look, you have an international mission and you always have had, and we are one of the few countries that can pursue this activity of bringing about, where we can, compromise and persuading our great neighbour to act multilaterally’ “.
Conference Rapporteur: Clyde Sanger
Conference Co-ordinator: Corey Levine
Members of the Conference Coordinating Committee: Debbie Grisdale, Geoffrey Pearson (co-chairs); Tim Creery, Nancy Drozd, Michael Shenstone, Arch MacKenzie, Clovis Demers and Dwight Fulford.
G78 Treasurer and All-around Guru: Nancy Drozd
Conference Report Editors: Arch MacKenzie, Corey Levine, Tim Creery
French Translation: Jean-Claude Bourgie
Background Papers: Ross Francis
Production Editor: Corey Levine
Financial Contributions: The conference was made possible by generous grants from the John Holmes Fund administered by the Canadian Centre for Foreign Policy Development located at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; the International Development Research Centre; and the Simons Foundation.
Debbie Grisdale and Geoffrey Pearson