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Queen's University

School of Policy Studies

Hesitant Engagement - Canada and South America

Friday, February 21, 2014


OpEd by Ambassador (R) Louis A. Delvoie on the relationship, or lack of, between Canada and South America, in Friday's Kingston Whig Standard.

"No region of the world has benefitted from less sustained Canadian interest and involvement than South America. There are many reasons for this and they are remarkably varied.

Canada enjoys no deeply rooted historical links with the countries of South America, as it does with the countries of Europe. There are no evident cultural or linguistic affinities with the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region. Immigration from South America to Canada has been negligible and there are certainly no significant domestic communities to COLUMN Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a news conference with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 30, 2013. REUTERS/QMI Agency OPINION COLUMN encourage a deepening of relations. And when it comes to exotic tourism, Canadians have displayed far more interest in the pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China than in the ruins of Machu Pichu in Peru or the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro."

Read the complete OpEd

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