iffy says HM PM Harper has ignored China ,India and other emerging nations. The people of China , India and much of the rest of the world, disagree. This should be very good for future trade.
“What you’re really seeing here is how being chair of the G20 and having our Prime Minister and our foreign minister travel has made a difference,” said Janice Stein, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. “If you look at our prominence in some of these G20 countries, which is surprising, it might well be that if we care about our reputation in the world, being an active member of the G20 does bring value to Canada.”
Perceived influence, in a survey of ordinary citizens, is obviously different from actual influence in the corridors of power around the world. But it can still prove valuable.
“It’s interesting that when our Prime Minister and finance minister came out strongly opposed to the bank tax, where did they look for support? They looked to India, China, Mexico, Venezuela, and the people they had the greatest difficulty persuading were the Europeans and the U.S., our traditional allies,” Prof. Stein said.
Canada won a great deal of goodwill in China by reopening six regional trade offices and, despite the chilly reception Mr. Harper received on his first visit last year, the government has since strengthened Sino-Canadian ties. The same strengthening of ties is happening in India, which Mr. Harper also visited last year, and Mexico, despite the imposition of visa restrictions last year over the high number of asylum claims.