Public diplomacy is not a priority of Canada's Conservative government.

Posted: 28 Nov 2007   Print   Send a link
"While other nations are increasing support for their public diplomacy efforts, Canada has slashed its funding in half, raising questions about how Canada will explain and promote itself on the world stage. ... In 2004-2005, funding for public diplomacy efforts was just under $100 million, while last year that number fell to $49 million." Embassy, 28 November 2007. "In an effort to fill a gap in Canada's public diplomacy strategy, a group of Canadian cultural leaders asked Heritage Minister Josée Verner yesterday for $150 million to establish an international institution to project its culture and identity onto the world stage." Embassy, 28 November 2007.