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Diaspora Politics: When domestic votes trump foreign policy

Throughout the Harper government’s nine-year grip on power, diaspora politics has become more prominent with time. We have seen Conservative politicians and Members of Cabinet show favouritism towards some groups at the expense of others, develop special diaspora initiatives with sizeable budgets, and compromise Canada’s international standing for the sake of a few votes at home.
But the most troubling aspect is that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s diaspora politics has helped to erode civil society by encouraging Canadian voters to organize along ethnic lines.
Privileging the positions of one ethnic group over another invites Canadians to think of themselves in hyphenated terms. …read more

Source: Canadian International Council

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