Is Canada still a good international citizen?

In the last decade to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, Canada can play a renewed global leadership role

Why It Matters

From global pandemics to the climate emergency, it’s no secret that our world is facing serious challenges. Canada is getting global points for simply not breaking things. But it’s not good enough in the last decade to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

At the United Nations recently, Greta Thunberg told the world stage: the eyes of all future generations are upon us. And if we do not deliver, they will not forgive us.

An election debate series at the University of Ottawa has been interrogating the question: Is Canada still a good international citizen?  To which Stephanie Carvin dryly quipped: “Canada is an okay-ish international citizen which, frankly, makes us a good international citizen these days by default. Like, we’re simply getting points for not breaking things.”

Is that good enough? What


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