Canada’s Past and Future in Latin America
Published: June 2022© 2022
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 320 Pages
Illustrations: 6 b&w figures
Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25
320 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.10 in, 6 b&w figures
Many historians and political scientists argue that ties between Canada and Latin America have been weak and intermittent because of lack of mutual interest and common objectives. Has this record of diverging paths changed as Canada has attempted to expand its economic and diplomatic ties with the region? Has Canada become an imperialist power?
Canada’s Past and Future in Latin America investigates the historical origins of and more recent developments in Canadian foreign policy in the region. It offers a detailed evaluation of the Harper and Trudeau governments’ approaches to Latin America, touching on political diplomacy, bilateral development cooperation, and civil society initiatives.
Leading scholars of Canada–Latin America relations offer insights from unique perspectives on a range of issues, such as the impact of Canadian mining investment, security relations, democracy promotion, and the changing nature of Latin American migration to Canada. Drawing on archival research, field interviews, and primary sources, Canada’s Past and Future in Latin America advances our understanding of Canadian engagement with the region and evaluates options for building stronger ties in the future.
1. Introduction: Canada’s Past and Future in the Americas: Beyond the “Americas Strategy”
Pablo Heidrich and Laura Macdonald
2. Locating Latin America: Geography, Identity, and the Americas in Canadian Foreign Policy
3. Life-death-rebirth: the Latin American Working Group and civil society relations with Latin America
John W. Foster
4. Canadian security and defence policies towards Latin America: Liberal engagement or harsh realism?
5. Canada and democracy promotion: The 2015 electoral crisis in Haiti
6. Latin American Migration to Canada: New and Complex Patterns of Mobility
Laura Macdonald and Christina Gabriel
7. Trudeau, Harper and civil society: Advocacy chill or sunny ways?
Kalowatie Deonandan and Toveli Schmuland
8. Mexico-Canada Relations and the Impact of the NAFTA Renegotiations
María Teresa Gutiérrez Haces
9. ‘Wrapped in the Canadian Flag’: Precious metals mining and Canadian deadly diplomacy in Latin America
10. Voluntary or legislated? The home-country regulation of Canadian mining companies in Latin America
Pablo Heidrich and Laura Macdonald
"Canada’s Past and Future in Latin America is an outstanding and timely collection of top-notch research which fills an important gap in the literature. This volume superbly captures the changes to Canada’s complicated relationship with the region, while bringing together established scholars from a range of disciplines to address the most pressing questions related to Canada and the Americas today."Simon Granovsky-Larsen, Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Regina
"Canada’s Past and Future in Latin America is impressive in both its breadth and depth. This collection moves beyond a narrow state-centric treatment of Canada’s ties with Latin America to offer a more holistic, multisectoral approach to the study of these ties, including very good treatments of the efforts of Canadian civil society to shape the relationship and government policies, the evolution of migration patterns, and the growing involvement of Canadian mining firms across Latin America."Thomas Legler, Professor of International Relations, Universidad Iberoamericana