Canada’s role and relevance at NATO and the G7 – May 21, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Canada’s role and relevance at NATO and the G7 – May 21, 2017

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Canada’s role and relevance at NATO and the G7

Alison speaks to David Graham, journalist from the Atlantic Magazine about next week’s upcoming NATO and G7 summits and how President Trump’s attendance could affect the meetings.

Tomas Valasek, Director of Carnegie Europe provides a European perspective from Brussels.

Robert Baines, President and CEO of the NATO Association of Canada, talks about Canada’s role and importance at NATO.

Fen Hampson, Director of Global Security and Politics at the Centre for International Governance, discusses Canada’s role and this impact of President Trump at NATO and the G7.

And we hear from John Kirton, Director of the G7 and G8 Research Group and Tracy Wang, a lead analyst with the Group about how well countries have done with their G7 commitments


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).