Canada and Europe – February 19, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Canada and Europe – February 19, 2017

This week on Perspective: Canada and Europe. A look at Canada’s role in NATO and the EU in the changing world political climate.

Alison speaks to Jeremy Kinsman (former Ambassador to the EU in Brussels) and Eric Reguly (European correspondent for The Globe and Mail) about the political situation in Europe.

Canadian documentary filmmaker Jonathan Durand speaks to some Berliners about their views of the European Union and of Canada.

Stephen Saideman (Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs) talks to Alison about Canada’s role in NATO in the context of the current global political climate.

We also hear from Christian Borys, a journalist currently based in Kiev, Ukraine, about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and what role NATO might play in the region going forward.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).