Canada’s role in promoting democracy abroad, by Gabrielle Bardall
Inclusive democratic governance – and the peace and public welfare it facilities – generates healthier societies, prosperous trading partners, and a more secure world. Of the many foreign tools at Canada’s disposal, supporting democracy abroad is one of the least costly and most effective. 2012 Trudeau scholar Gabrielle Bardall’s report on this subject – the fruit of a workshop organized in June 2016 with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies –describes Canada’s unique capacity to meet democracy promotion goals in international relations. Bardall’s principal recommendation is that the Canadian government create a dedicated, semi-autonomous participatory governance organization that regroups expertise, experience, and lessons learned under one roof.
She is an American student studying electoral violence in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.