In this commentary, AIMS Senior Fellow Brian Lee Crowley reflects on the fact that in Canada, our political leaders have a problem articulating why Canada needs to be more tough-minded about its defense and national security interests.

When it comes to foreign policy, talk must always be the first choice. But what do we do when talk fails? Crowley argues that having a board of international representatives that talk about the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo or the earthquake in Haiti doesn’t do the world much good.

In High moral tone, meaning well, don’t make foreign policy, Crowley argues that Canada has long been at the action table of countries that risk blood and treasure to do the hard and dangerous work of making real-world decisions. The first duty of government is to keep us safe, and safety in our dangerous world is a collective affair. Canada must be ready to pay the price of admission.
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