Canada: A Leader on the World Stage
We’ve maintained our strong triple-A credit ratings (the highest possible) from three of the world’s top rating agencies – Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s.
Canada is recognized the world-over for our economic leadership.
- We are in the strongest fiscal position in the G7.
- We’ve had the soundest banks in the world for four straight years according to the World Economic Forum.
- We’re the best country for business according to Forbes Magazine.
- We’ve maintained our strong triple-A credit ratings (the highest possible) from three of the world’s top rating agencies – Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s.
Meanwhile, we have always worked to promote our values and defend our beliefs and the rule of law on the world stage. We’ve done so while also providing aid for those less fortunate than ourselves. Since 2006, the Harper Government has:
- hosted the Muskoka 2010 G-8 Summit, where the gathered leaders discussed development and international peace and security challenges (At this summit, there was a particular focus on maternal, newborn and child health)
- hosted the Toronto 2010 G-20 Summit, where specific economic measures were agreed upon by all nations over the medium-term – ensuring the recovery from the global recession remained on a strong and sustainable path
- hosted the Iqaluit 2010 Meeting of G7 Finance Ministers, which helped ensure the global economy was firmly on the road to recovery
- ended Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan, and shifted our new non-combat role to focus on: 1. Investing in the future of Afghan children and youth through education and health; 2. Advancing security, the rule of law and human rights; 3. Promoting regional diplomacy; and, 4. Delivering humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people
- imposed sanctions and stood united against the troubled Syrian and Iranian regimes
- successfully concluded Operation Mobile – Canada’s military response to the crisis in Libya
- lead the international community by being the first nation to sign the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism
- opposed the anti-Semitic Durban Conferences
- launched the Canada Fund (as part of our commitment to the Copenhagen Accord) to improve and increase food security in up to 14 African countries
- supported the GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), which helps in death prevention for millions of children through immunization efforts
- provided aid through the East Africa Drought Relief Fund
- supported the Global Fund, which works to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- launched the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and supported projects to help save the lives of mothers, infants and children in Haiti, Africa and Asia to fulfill part of our commitment under the Muskoka Initiative
- supported global food security through the World Food Programme and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank
- provided relief for countless disasters – from tropical storms, floods, earthquakes and drought – to many nations around the world including Haiti and the Philippines, and many more.