May 2

Big Thinking on the Hill

Stephen Toope, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences & Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Canada: A “nice hat for America?"


May 2, 2017 

Canada's relative position in the world also has changed, and not for the better. Many states can aspire to Canada’s status of middling power, and not just the usual suspects. To be effective, our refreshed foreign policy will require two key components: tough-minded focus, and stronger and more diverse relationships. Being a nice guy, a toque on the head of America, won’t be nearly enough. Are we up for the challenge? We better be, or the world will suffer. And that’s not hubris or idealism; in today’s crazy world, it’s truth. Yes, truth – it still exists. And we need to shout it out.

This lecture took place in English with simultaneous interpretation into French.