Working to strengthen Canada’s contribution to a better world

Vision and Mission

The McLeod Group works to strengthen Canada’s contribution to a better world.

The McLeod Group is made up of professionals with many years of experience in government, civil society and academia, working across the fields of international development, diplomacy and foreign policy. We work with others who value human rights, inclusion, equality and sustainable development to advance Canadian policy and action in international cooperation and foreign affairs.

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Canadian Foreign Policy

Canadians expect their government to do the right thing, and to do things right when it comes to international affairs. However, a partisan domestic agenda is now implemented internationally. It includes suppression of discussion about human rights, an opportunistic Middle East policy, turning our backs on much of Africa, cutting our aid budget, backsliding on gender equality, and becoming an embarrassment on environmental issues.   Read More…

Policy Papers

Recent Tweets

After joining 152 other nations in supporting the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, Canada has balked at signing. Something to do with Canadian gun owners. At least we didn’t join North Korea, Syria and Iran in voting against it. As well, under the Conservatives, Canada’s participation in UN peacekeeping missions has fallen to the point where at present only 50-odd Canadians are serving with the 83,000 UN peacekeeping forces. The absence of our skilled and knowledgeable personnel is noticed and regrettedThe Harper Government's Foreign Policy Record, The McLeod Group

Having failed to get a coveted seat on the UN Security Council, The Harper government never misses a chance now to criticize the UN and its agencies as talk-shops full of dictators. We pulled out of the Desertification Convention like a spoiled child and last October John Baird hectored the UN General Assembly for its “sound and fury” over Syria and its inaction on the groundNasty Canada, The McLeod Group

Hundreds of millions of dollars set aside to help the world’s poor went unspent in the last fiscal year, new figures from the parliamentary budget office show, prompting fresh concerns about the future of Canadian foreign aid.The data collected from quarterly spending reports shows that by the end of the fiscal year in March, the Canadian International Development Agency had failed to spend nearly $419 million, or more than 13 per cent, the $3.14 billion Parliament authorized it to spend in grants and contributions.–Lee Berthiaume, PostMedia News

While it is perfectly legitimate for the Harper Government’s development cooperation agency to revise and update performance standards and funding criteria, the current secretive process of malign neglect ignores 40 years of hard-won development experience, and alienates a significant number of Canadian and international partnersChanging Canadian International Development by Malign Neglect, The McLeod Group