Assessing Canada’s new defence & foreign policy – June 11, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Assessing Canada’s new defence & foreign policy – June 11, 2017

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Assessing Canada’s new defence and foreign policy

Alison speaks to Matthew Fisher, international affairs columnist for Postmedia about his reaction to Minister Chrystia Freeland’s foreign affairs speech from the House of Commons this week.

Hugh Segal, Former Senator and Master of Massey College talks to Alison about whether Freeland’s speech signals a significant change for the future of Canada’s foreign policy.

Christopher Sands, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies discusses reaction that Freeland’s speech might have garnered south of the border.

Stéfanie von Hlatky, Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University talks about the government’s defence policy review and whether it represents a notable change for defence in the country.


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).