While I am 100% certain that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not read it, here is some excellent advice, offered yesterday evening, on social media, by Conservative foreign affairs critic Michael Chong:
He said (I have reformatted his posts for ease of reading), addressing Prime Minister Trudeau, directly:
- Find a way for the KXL project to move forward. Make clear that Canadian oil is produced to the highest environmental standards in the world. Clearly indicate Canada’s view that this cancellation is a loss for Canada’s environmental plan and our economic recovery;
- In that context, ask for the President’s support to explore the possibility of an integrated North American energy strategy that would include traditional forms of energy, such as oil and gas, and newer forms of renewable energy, as well as electrical transmission grids;
- Propose closer pandemic cooperation on the border. The border should remain closed for tourists but open for trade. In particular, there should be closer regulatory cooperation on medical equipment and supplies since the federal gov’t has been slow in approving new drugs, medical devices and COVID-19 tests, which are required to defeat the pandemic. And he notes that President Biden unveiled a “wartime” COVID strategy; draw parallels to close Canada-US cooperation defense procurement in WWII;
- Emphasize the need for close cooperation on the cross-border threat of white supremacist terrorism;
- On China … pledge to closely work with US on Indo-Pacific & indicate Canada’s –
- desire to join US-led Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,
- intention to ban Huawei from our 5G network, and
- intention to withdraw from the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank;
- On the topic of closer Canada-US cooperation in Indo-Pacific … ask for the Biden administration’s help in securing the release of Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor, and help in seeking clemency for Mr. Schellenberg; and
- Finally … indicate Canada’s desire to play a leading role in the United States’ efforts to create a “coalition of democracies” that would provide a counter to the threat posed by authoritarian regimes, and offer to host the first meeting.
While I do not agree, totally, with every last single word, it is a really good basis for a sound Canada-US policy framework, which, as I said, a few days ago, must be the primary focus of our foreign policy. Well done, Mr Chong!