Canadian Foreign Policy

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What are some of the major problems faced by 'Third World' Countries

today? Who should be held responsible for these problems? Why? What has

Canada done to help 'Third World Countries'?

There has always been a dominant country in the world that sets the

economic standard throughout powerful countries. Canada has always been a

top rated economic country, usually behind the United States and other

large Commonwealth countries. Starting back in the early to mid 60's,

Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau decided to use Canadian revenue as

foreign aid. These included 'Third World'.

Some of the major problems faced by 'Third World' countries today

include poor towns which have had a lack of food sources due to the serious

poverty, lack of clean drinking water, lack of good sanitation systems,

lack of good living conditions, lack of jobs and there is no industry,

therefore no import or export revenue.

The governments of the 'Third World'

countries have done horrible jobs of creating good living conditions for

their people and in all have not tried to bring their country out of their

economic slump.

As Canada entered it second century, Prime Minister Trudeau called for

a complete review of Canada's foreign policy. Starting in 1968 interested

Canadians including politicians, journalists, professors, business leaders,

financial experts, as well as church and labour leaders were invited to

offer opinions and advice in what was called the Trudeau Review. The

ending of this meeting brought about six foreign policy booklets which

outlined the benefits of Canadian foreign aid. Some of these benefits

included to help the Canadian economy grow stronger, to keep Canada

independent, to work for peace and security, to promote fairness and

equality for everyone and to improve living conditions for all people

throughout the world.

The Canadian foreign...