OTTAWA, Jan. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Carleton University is pleased to release
From Correct to Inspired: A Blueprint for Canada-US Engagement,
recommendations made to the Government of Canada following an extensive
nine-month research project.
"The time for re-engagement is now," says Fen Hampson, director of
Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and
co-chair of the Carleton University Canada-US Project.
Canada-U.S. relations are in need of renewal across a broad front to
reflect the new challenges of security, trade, energy, environment, and other
issues. The inauguration of a new administration on January 20, 2009, provides
a critical opportunity to reinvigorate Canada's most important bilateral
relationship with a positive, forward-looking engagement strategy.
"At a time of deep economic apprehension and continuing global
insecurity, Canadians need bold and inspired leadership," says Derek Burney,
former Canadian ambassador to the United States and co-chair of Carleton's
Canada-US Project. "The bilateral focus should be to define what we can best
do together to bolster economic recovery."
"The Canadian Government must make the best of our unique position next
door to the United States," says Mr. Hampson. "Canada needs to act responsibly
with the United States on global issues of shared concern in order to
reinforce action on the bilateral front. Our engagement in Afghanistan gives
us an automatic seat at the table in renewed diplomatic efforts by the
incoming administration to develop a wider, regional approach to Afghanistan's
problems. With growing attention to the problems of nuclear proliferation, as
in the case of Iran, Canada also has a vital role to play working with the
U.S. and other key allies in strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty regime and other measures to reduce the risks of nuclear
The Carleton University Canada-US Project was designed to develop a
blueprint for a Canadian agenda with the United States focused on bilateral
and global prosperity and security issues. The project was undertaken jointly
by NPSIA and the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL).
The project has three summary recommendations:
- The global financial crisis demands early and sustained cooperation.
- Policies affecting energy and the environment cry out for coherence and
prudence in both countries.
- A need for common sense to undo the thickening of the border and ease
congestion that impedes the success of key, highly integrated sectors
of the two economies.
"The 'hidden wiring' of the relationship - the contacts between premiers
and governors, state, provincial and federal legislators, business and labour,
can be made even more effective and productive within a framework of
engagement," adds Colin Robertson, distinguished senior fellow at NPSIA and
director of Carleton's Canada-US Project.
Additional conclusions include:
- Canadians are ready and prepared to support government efforts to gain
greater economic and security benefits. The partnership must also
engage with strategic issues as America sees them.
- Canada must move beyond incrementalism and 'irritants' management.
Success will require an agenda that addresses both 'the neighbourhood'
and the wider global concerns of a super power.
- Obstacles are chronic: indifference in Washington and wariness or
narcissism in Canada. The answer is leadership and mutual respect
because personal relationships matter.
The Carleton blueprint is the result of a series of papers by public
policy experts commissioned to address the complexities of issues relevant to
the Canada-U.S. agenda and provide a range of perspectives. The papers and
extensive discussion, including a workshop and conference, informed the
strategy document on effective Canadian engagement of the next U.S.
To review all of the final recommendations and conclusions, please
consult the complete document, From Correct to Inspired: A Blueprint for
Canada-US Engagement, by clicking <a href="http://www.carletonphotogallery.com/newsroom/d/292-2/canada-us-project_eng.pdf">here</a>
For full background information and research papers, please visit
For further information:
For further information: Steve Blais, Media Relations Officer, Carleton
University, (613) 520-2600 ext.1391, firstname.lastname@example.org