Ted Hewitt – Embassy Magazine, 06/28/2012
Last month, the Senate foreign affairs and international trade committee released its final report, “Intensifying Strategic Partnerships with the New Brazil”—the fourth in a series exploring the potential of Canada’s future relationship with the BRIC economies.
Released with little fanfare, the report has largely escaped media attention. This is a pity. To date, Canada has produced no more insightful and salient strategic document on future prospects with Brazil than this, signalling a subtle but critical change in the direction of Canada’s global diplomatic efforts, particularly with emerging economies.
To be sure, Canadians will see a familiar refrain in much of the language in the document, which positions this country as a provider of advanced expertise to an emerging economy in need of “assistance.”