Tories’ new foreign-affairs vision shifts focus to ‘economic diplomacy’

by John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, Nov. 27 2013
Stephen Harper’s Conservative government will make “economic diplomacy” in service of private industry the centrepiece of this country’s foreign policy, marking a historic shift in Canada’s approach to the world. In a major report to be released Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is instructed to “entrench the concept of ‘economic diplomacy’ as the driving force behind the Government of Canada’s activities through its international diplomatic network.