2011 Federal Election: Summary of responses
Bloc QuébécoisConservative PartyLiberal PartyGreen PartyNew Democratic Party
1. Government of Canada Foreign Policy and Defence Policy: Will your party strive to ensure that the next government initiate thorough foreign policy and defence policy reviews?“We believe a broad debate must be held on the role that Canada wants to entrust to its army and on the type of armed forces who can fill it. Choices about priorities must be made.”

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from party website: “… the purpose of Canada’s defence policy is to better defend the national interest – the security of the Canadian nation and the economic prosperity of the Canadian people…”

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“… we favour an open, engaged and transparent process for policy development, whether with Parliament, civil society or our international allies…”

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“… we are committed to a full consultative process for developing foreign
policy that is as open and accessible as possible.”

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“New Democrats have always stood for adopting a transparent, consultative approach to
developing policy.”

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2. Canada’s commitment to UN Peace Operations:
a) Will your party support an increased Canadian commitment, including increasing the deployment of Canadian Forces personnel, to UN-mandated Peace Operations?
“The Bloc Québécois is against any bellicose and unilateral action and against all preventive war. Only the UN can intervene to try to resolve a conflict and, ultimately, in accordance with its rules, authorize a forced intervention or peacekeeping mission.”

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No reply to this question has been received.“…Canada must return to UN peace operations – to a role that is written into our values and our traditions, a role that is ideal for a country of our size and strength. Canada must wear the blue beret again, and restore our commitments to make the world a safer place.”

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“… the Green Party of Canada is committed to re-establishing
Canada among the global leaders in peace-building, peacekeeping,
and international diplomacy.”

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“… we would make peacekeeping the second priority of Canada’s military.”

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b) Will your party support the development of a United Nations Emergency Peace Service?“We support the creation of a United Nations Emergency Peace Service.”.

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No reply to this question has been received.No reply to this question has been received.“…[establish] a standing UN Rapid Response Force with a mandate for peacekeeping and environmental
restoration in both international crisis situations and domestic catastrophes like floods, earthquakes, storms and fires”

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No reply to this question has been received.
3. Democratize Global Governance through a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly: Will your party support effective action by the Parliament and Government of Canada to establish a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations?“… supports the principle of creating an assembly of parliamentarians at the United Nations. That is why we have given our support to the UNPA Campaign (Campaign for a UN Parliament).”

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No reply to this question has been received.“We are prepared to give serious consideration to the recommendation of the 2007 Foreign Affairs Committee report to encourage the establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations.”

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“… supports launching a global dialogue on the notion of a bicameral UN, with one house being the General Assembly of nation-state representatives, and a Peoples’ Assembly, as in the European Parliament, with direct election on behalf of the worlds’ peoples.”

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“We strongly believe in the value of cooperation and the importance of supporting the United Nations. New Democrats would be open to proposals to increase the mandate of the UN.”

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4. Develop the international “Responsibility to Protect”: Will your party strive to ensure that the next Government of Canada makes advancing the Responsibility to Protect doctrine a central goal of its foreign policy?A military intervention, even if not sanctioned by the Security Council of the United Nations, can be justified to prevent massive violations of human rights. Intervention modalities remain to be defined – and this is quite a challenge.”

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No reply to this question has been received.“A Liberal government will lead a Canadian commitment to R2P. The world must know that Canada will stand ready to protect the innocent and the voiceless from barbarism.”

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“… supports the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine in situations where a state is not protecting its own citizens.”

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“New Democrats are strong believers in the protection of Human Rights and feel the R2P principle should be a priority in foreign relations.”

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