RI President on CBC Power and Politics

On Tuesday March 6th Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason was interviewed by Terry Milewski on CBC’s Power and Politics about yet another Canadian failure to respond to a UN request for Canadian peacekeepers.

To watch this interview click: RI President interview on Power and Politics (CBC, 6 March 2018).

Mason describes three key factors at play:

– the visceral institutional antipathy in the Department of National Defence (DND) against UN peacekeeping;

– a weak Defence Minister who is much better at conveying what DND wants to Cabinet than the other way around; and

– an absent Foreign Minister, given her overriding responsibility for Canada-USA trade.

With its focus on the peace process and the political issues at the heart of the conflict, modern multidimensional UN peacekeeping offers a country emerging from violent conflict the best chance of building a sustainable peace. Says Mason:

The great tragedy is, after Canada’s long absence from UN peacekeeping, our military leadership is woefully ignorant of its value and why it is so important that we live up to our promise to re-engage.

For the background story to the interview, see: Plan to send Canadian Peacekeepers to Colombia fizzled due to official foot- dragging (Murray Brewster, CBC news, 6 March 2018).

For more detail on Canada’s unfulfilled commitments, see: 15 months on, Canada still has not pledged actual troops for an actual UN peace operation (Ceasefire.ca blog, 17 November 2017).

Photo credit: CBC Power and Politics video

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4 Responses to “RI President on CBC Power and Politics”

  1. Louise SlatteryMarch 10, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    Peggy Mason’s perspective is much appreciated. I worry that under the leadership of Trudeau, Freeland and Sajjan, Canada is becoming a more aggressive nation. I prefer that our Canadian troops serve as peacekeepers and not in support of warmongers,

    • Barbara BambigerMarch 11, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

      Sadly, we have been supporting American warmongers for a very long time. What were Canadians doing in Korea way back in the 50’s? Helping Americans wage war in a country that never threatened us or did us any harm in any way. Thousands upon thousands of civilians terrorized &killed, the countryside poisoned & denuded, the nation divided & the horrors
      still going strong today. We have to stop supporting the ultra aggressive American military & go our own way, which would hopefully be far more humane & just. A vigorous campaign to replace Freeland & Sajjan would only be one step but definitely in the right direction.

  2. Anne StreeterMarch 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Powerful interview with Peggy Mason! Another broken promise by the Trudeau government! In fact, Mr. Trudeau has taken us in the opposite direction! I agree, – a weak Minister of Defence and a Foreign Affairs minister who never talks peace!

  3. Don KerrMarch 10, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    Is the NDP listening? I am waiting to hear specific policies from the new leader that show that the NDP strongly disagrees with the militarization of our foreign policy.