National Newswatch

The G7 Cornwall: Back to Normal, with Key Upgrades

Jun 7 2021 — Colin Robertson — This coming weekend, the leaders of the advanced economies and leading democracies will meet at the Carbis Bay Hotel in a tiny Cornish seaside village in Britain’s most southerly county. While the agenda has evolved annually since its creation in 1975 (Canada joined in 1976) in the wake of the oil shock crisis, the G7 […]

The Canada-US Roadmap: Getting it Done

Mar 14 2021 — Colin Robertson — Are we ready to take our most important relationship to the next level of partnership? The “Roadmap for a Renewed Canada-US Partnership”, announced during the virtual meeting in February of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Joe Biden, is the latest iteration in managing neighbourly relations. Beginning with the last century’s trade and security agreements […]

Remembering George P. Shultz, ‘Friend to Canada’

Feb 8 2021 — Colin Robertson — This was not the way I had wanted to meet the venerable George P. Shultz. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour, Shultz had served four presidents: secretary of state to Ronald Reagan, Treasury secretary to Gerald Ford, labor secretary to Richard Nixon and on the Council of Economic Advisors under […]

Canada has plenty to gain from upping its defence spending

Nov 27 2019 — Colin Robertson — If we thought passage of the new North American free-trade agreement would get Donald Trump off our back, think again. We’ve been served notice that Canada has got to pony up more on defence and security. We should do so, not because the U.S. wants us to, but because it serves Canadian interests, especially in […]

Canada faces a foreign-policy fork in the road. Are voters hungry for change?

May 25 2019 — Colin Robertson — Tweets and soundbites are the fast food of communicating policy. Like news releases, they are frequent but mostly shallow, narrow-cast, and platitudinous. There is not a lot of “there” there, so a well-prepared speech, especially on foreign policy, deserves digesting. Speaking recently in Montreal, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer gave what diplomats call a “meat and […]

Don’t celebrate just yet. USMCA is far from being a done deal

Oct 3 2018 — Colin Robertson — A proposed deal – not NAFTA 2.0 but, in deference to U.S. President Donald Trump who initiated this 13-month odyssey, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Judging by the market reaction, the USMCA should be good enough to thaw the chill shared by investors, both Canadian and foreign, since the negotiations began. We are not out of […]

Why Canada should invest more – and now – in our own security

Jul 10 2018 — Colin Robertson — Obnoxious he is, but when it comes to NATO burden-sharing, U.S. President Donald Trump has a point. With the United States shouldering almost two-thirds of defence expenditures by the alliance members, the other 28 members, including Canada, can do more. At this week’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should commit to […]