Policy only works if it's backed up by budgetary clout, says retired UN ambassador

Healthy cash infusions for the military, diplomacy and international aid in this year's budget are 'crucial' to a new foreign policy blueprint that aims to reverse Canada's slipping global status, according to the former chief foreign policy advisor to prime minister Brian Mulroney and a retired UN ambassador. "I welcome the fact that the statement confirms the thrust of the recent budget. An effective foreign policy costs money," says Paul Heinbecker, now a senior research fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo. "Declaratory foreign...

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