IA Events

Inaugural Canadian Studies Lecture

Publication date: Jan 16, 2013 3:54:08 PM

Start: Feb 7, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 7, 2013 8:00:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


Canada – in from the Cold? Valedictory Thoughts of a British High Commissioner

Voltaire famously referred to Canada as "quelques arpents de neige" ("a few acres of snow") and his description penned in 1758 still resonates today with people who do not know Canada well. Indeed, for much of her history Canada has been in the shadow of France, Britain and more recently the USA. But, as a member of the G8 and the G20, not to mention NATO, NORAD, the OAS, the UN and many other international organisations,  and blessed with enormous reserves of oil, natural gas and other resources, not least in the Arctic North, Canada is an important country by any standards.

Wilfrid Laurier, the Canadian Prime Minister from 1896 to 1911, once predicted that the 20th century would belong to Canada. He was obviously speaking too soon - but given her current economic resilience and still enormous potential perhaps the time has finally arrived for Canada to come in from the cold?

Anthony Cary was British High Commissioner in Canada from February 2007 to December 2010 at the end of a long and distinguished career at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that included, amongst other roles, assignments in London, Berlin, Malaysia, Washington and Sweden. The UCL Institute of the Americas is therefore delighted that he has agreed to deliver its Inaugural Lecture in Canadian Studies – which will be followed by a Reception for Canadians, Canadianists, friends of the Institute and all members of the public. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.