Minister of Foreign Affairs Mandate Letter (15 November 2015)
(emphasized added in bold for parts on UN peace operations)
Dear Mr. Dion:
As Minister, your overarching goal will be to restore constructive Canadian leadership in the world and to advance Canada’s interests. This renewed leadership will serve our security and economic interests, but it will also support the deeply held Canadian desire to make a real and valuable contribution to a more peaceful and prosperous world.
You will be the leader of a strong team of Ministers, supported by the Minister of International Trade and the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
In particular, I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities:
Improve relations with the United States, our closest ally and most important economic and security partner, and strengthen trilateral North American cooperation with the United States and Mexico. This would include working with the relevant Ministers to:
o work with the United States to make substantial progress on reducing impediments to trade and commerce between our countries, including by improving border infrastructure and security, streamlining cargo inspection, and facilitating the movement of people. This should include increased engagement with provinces on border and regulatory issues;
o work with relevant ministers, including the Ministers of International Trade and Environment and Climate Change, to prepare for the North American Leaders Summit in Canada;
o develop a North American clean energy and environment agreement; and o support the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in lifting the Mexican visa requirement.
Ensure a close link between defence policy, foreign policy and national security.
Revitalize Canada’s public diplomacy, stakeholder engagement, and cooperation with partners in Canada and abroad.
Reenergize Canadian diplomacy and leadership on key international issues and in multilateral institutions. This would include:
o in collaboration with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, making Canada a leader of international efforts to combat climate change;
o working with the Minister of National Defence, to increase Canada’s support for United Nations peace operations and its mediation, conflict-prevention, and post-conflict reconstruction efforts;
o working with the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, to champion the values of inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity, and human rights including the rights of women and refugees; and o acceding to the Arms Trade Treaty.
Increase Canada’s educational and cultural interaction with the world. This would include:
o supporting the Minister of Canadian Heritage to restore the Promart and Trade Routes International cultural promotion programs, update their design, and increase related funding.