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The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy

Parliament, Politics, and Canada’s Global Posture

edited by Adam Chapnick & Christopher J. Kukucha

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list price: $99.00
also available: Hardcover Paperback
published: 2016
publisher: UBC Press

In 2015 the Harper era in Canadian foreign policy was over, suggesting a return to the priorities of a gentler, more cooperative Liberal governments. But was the Harper era really so different? And if so, why? This comprehensive analysis of Canada’s foreign policy during this era addresses these very questions. The chapters, written by leading scholars and analysts of Canadian politics, provide an excellent overview of foreign policy in a number of different policy areas. They also come to a surprising conclusion as to whether the transition from a minority to majority government in 2011 shaped the way the Harper Conservatives conceived of, developed, and implemented international policy.

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Contributor notes

Adam Chapnick is the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College and a professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada.


Christopher J. Kukucha is a professor of political science at the University of Lethbridge.


Contributors: Greg Anderson, Lee Berthiaume, Jean-Christophe Boucher, Stephen Brown, David Carment, John English, Monica Gattinger, Norman Hillmer, Philippe Lagassé, Joseph Landry, Michael W. Manulak, Kim Richard Nossal, David Perry, David Petrasek, Hugh Segal, Denis Stairs, and Rebecca Tiessen

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Editorial Reviews

The Harper Era is an important first look at nearly a decade of Canadian foreign policy that will likely, and deservedly, be the standard work on foreign policy in this period, just as Nelson Michaud and Kim Richard Nossal’s Diplomatic Departures is the principle book on Brian Mulroney’s handling of foreign affairs. Until the archives have opened, 30 years hence, persons interested in this controversial and complicated period in Canadian foreign policy would be well advised to consult this collection.

— International Journal, Vol. 72 No. 1, March 2017

Adam Chapnick and Christopher Kukucha [present] a more nuanced reality [of Harper’s foreign policy]: that while there was an impulse on Harper’s part to deviate from the norm, external and systemic factors, like the Canadian economy, American policy and the dynamics of the international community, ensured that Canada’s foreign policy under Harper wasn’t as much of an aberration as some might think.

— opencanada.org, January 2017
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