Highlights/Chrystia Freeland

International, Politics

Canada to block new Russian passport holders from Eastern Ukraine, says Freeland

Canada will not recognize passports issued by Russia to Ukrainian citizens in rebel-held areas of Eastern Ukraine, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Tuesday. Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of the Ukrainian Reform Conference ministerial meeting in Toronto, Freeland» 

International, Politics

Canada supports Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 indictments, says Freeland

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada supports the indictment by Dutch prosecutors of three Russians and one Ukrainian in connection with the 2014 downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine despite opposition from Malaysia’s prime minister, who» 

International, Politics

Freeland attends emergency Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is attending an emergency meeting of the Lima Group in Peru today, as Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate following a failed military coup attempt by the Western-backed opposition. The pre-dawn military uprising» 

Indigenous, International

B.C. Indigenous groups get a say in Columbia River Treaty renegotiation

Three Indigenous groups from British Columbia will get a greater say in talks between Ottawa and Washington to modernize a bilateral treaty that coordinates flood control and hydropower generation along the Columbia River, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday.» 

International, Politics

Canada ‘very concerned’ about foreign meddling, says Chrystia Freeland

Interference by foreign “malign actors” in the upcoming federal election in Canada “is very likely,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday. “We’re, we are very concerned.  I think our judgement is interference is very likely,” Freeland told reporters Friday.» 


White supremacism and Islamophobia are ‘gravest threats,’ Freeland tells UN

White supremacism and Islamophobia are among “the gravest threats” facing the world, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told the United Nations Thursday. The terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, when a white supremacist terrorist killed 50» 

International, Society

Saudi Arabia appears set to ramp up pressure on jailed women dissidents

Amnesty International says it’s time for Ottawa to release the mute button on criticism of Saudi Arabia’s treatment of jailed women dissidents, at least two of whom have close ties to Canada. One of those women, Loujain al-Hathloul, is scheduled» 

International, Politics

U.S. says China’s death sentence against Canadian ‘politically motivated’

The U.S. State Department blasted China’s death sentence against a Canadian man convicted of drug smuggling as “politically motivated.” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke Tuesday and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions» 

Economy, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Canada-China war of words continues to escalate

The public dispute between Canada and China continues to escalate with Beijing suggesting that Ottawa and its allies are “hypocrites” for speaking out against the arrest of two Canadians and ignoring the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a high-ranking executive of» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Canada working with allies to secure release of detainees

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is working with its allies to forge the release of two Canadians detained in China. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained earlier this month. Kovrig, a former diplomat and an advisor with»