Ramesh Thakur, "foundation director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and distinguished fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation" think tank in Waterloo, Canada, contends in a September 28, 2008, "special to The Daily Yomiuri" of Japan, that:
In Canada's general election next month, voters should pay more attention than normal to the political parties' foreign policy platforms. As the current market turmoil demonstrates only too vividly, economics are intertwined on a global level, yet politics remain stubbornly local.Mr. Thakur said, "Once elected, however, most prime ministers spend much of their time grappling with foreign challenges. Of the major issues, it is global forces that likely will determine Canada's fate. Asia will impact significantly on issues critical to Canada's welfare and security, and as such, Ottawa's Asia policy needs to be publicly debated," he argues.
If you want to read more, please see "Why Asia should matter to Canadian voters."