The Prime Minister
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The rise was slow, but over time, prime ministers always wielded enormous
power over foreign policy.
It varies greatly based on mental focus and amount on the part of the prime
Example: Diefenbaker sublimated foreign policy around domestic issues.
Prime ministers would not often be at international meetings with leaders of the
In the last few decades, we have seen a larger number of commitments that
require face-to-face meetings with international leaders.
Face time! You get to hang out with foreign leaders around the world…
It is harder to say no face to face. For countries that want something, this
is an advantage.
It's hard to say no.
It eats up a lot of time… and it's a valuable asset.
It also eats up a lot of bureaucratic time in addition to the prime minister's
People can make a point by staging lame protests at summits and/or
They can act as flashpoints.
They're expensive and cost a lot of cash money.
The prime minister's summit schedules is set by international
March 18, 2013 (The Prime Minister)
POLS 375.3 Page 1
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