Canadians head to the polls on Oct. 19 to elect a new government. After nine years of Conservative leadership, with two minority governments, then a majority from 2011, polls show the balance of power could shift in favor of the New Democratic Party or the Liberals.
This would signify the end of a decade marked by dramatic shifts in terms of Canada’s stance on international affairs, with increased military involvement, disengagement from multilateral organizations and a considerably reduced foreign aid budget, among other changes.
Devex takes a look at the most striking actions and policies taken by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
1. Froze foreign aid spending.