The Canadian Chamber has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister's Office calling for the government to focus its foreign policy on results rather than "good feelings."
"It is clear that we can no longer take for granted the stable and peaceful international conditions that Canada helped to shape following the Second World War. This moment calls for a sober assessment of our international priorities and a recalibration of how we engage with other nations," states the letter from Canadian Chamber President and CEO Perrin Beatty.
The Chamber is concerned about Canada's place in a world that has profoundly changed over the last few years, "with the international order being challenged and undermined on many fronts."
The letter notes that, other than the Indo-Pacific Strategy, Canadian foreign policy has become reactive and unfocused, "signaling that we have too often concentrated our efforts on policies designed to produce good feelings instead of on those that will produce good results."
The Canadian Chamber has proposed three ways to improve Canada's international standing. The first is to fulfill our trading potential as a reliable global supplier. The second is showing a serious commitment to economic and security commitments that Canada helped establish after the Second World War. And the third is recognizing the value of good relationships with our North American neighbours by promoting Canada's importance in those countries.
"The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a longstanding advocate of unlocking Canada’s international potential, and we support our businesses in trade advocacy, navigating global markets and representing Canada at key multilateral fora," the letter concludes. "The Canadian business community recognizes that our collective long-term prosperity is closely tied to how we engage with the world."