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Cuba in a Global ContextInternational Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism$
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Catherine Krull

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049106

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049106.001.0001

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“Complicated and Far-Reaching”

“Complicated and Far-Reaching”

The Historical Foundations of Canadian Policy toward Cuba

(p.109) 6 “Complicated and Far-Reaching”
Cuba in a Global Context

Asa McKercher

University Press of Florida

The Canadian position on Cuba since 1959 has proved advantageous for both countries economically, educationally, and culturally. Canadian engagement with Cuba, which has always been constructive, owes much to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. His policy, still in effect today, was to construct “a normal relationship . . . one in which both sides politely agree to disagree on certain policy questions.” Although Canada’s current government, led by Conservative Stephen Harper, initially signaled that it would adopt a new strategy towards Cuba, like its predecessors it has instead chosen engagement over isolation. It is unclear whether this approach will result in the constructive changes that have long been championed by Canadian policymakers, but since 1959 Canada’s approach to Cuba has been remarkably consistent.

Keywords:   Cuba, Canada, Foreign Policy, International Relations, John Diefenbaker, Pierre Trudeau, Stephen Harper

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