Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 22, 2012 21:00 ET

Minister MacKay Speaks at Stanford University

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, was at Stanford University in California, and spoke to academics, students and business leaders about the importance of international security and defence cooperation, about Canada's contributions to global security, and about the strength of Canada's long-standing defence and security relationship with the United States.

"Today's discussions offered a rare opportunity to share, with American leaders of a broad range of backgrounds, what Canada views as important on the international stage," said Minister MacKay. "It was a true privilege to open a dialogue with people whose work makes a tangible impact on the world today, and whose ideas will play a role in shaping the world of tomorrow."

Minister MacKay addressed students and faculty members at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, and participated in a roundtable discussion with the fellows of the university's Hoover Institution, a premier public policy research centre made up of world-renowned scholars. He also discussed global economic challenges with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, an organization that represents hundreds of local leading employers and whose member companies contribute trillions of dollars to the world economy.

The Minister was at Stanford University at the invitation of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State and current professor of political economy and political science at Stanford. She is also the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. Dr. Rice served as a guest speaker at the 2010 edition of the Halifax International Security Forum.

"Our interconnected world today dramatically underscores the need for security cooperation by all nations," Minister MacKay said. "Canada's domestic security is, in many ways, tied to international security. As such, our partnership with the U.S. across a range of activities and operations both abroad and here in North America contributes to the security of all Canadians."

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For more information on the Canada/U.S. defence relationship please visit http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4073

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