Highlights / Chrystia Freeland

Economy, Health, International, Politics, Society

Washington USMCA talks appear to heat up

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says she and her American and Mexican counterparts are determined to push their new trade agreement, known officially as the USMCA and unofficially as the new NAFTA, “across the finish line.” Freeland made the comments» 

Economy, Politics, Society

Freeland’s Prairies listening tour is under way

Last week after she was designated as one of the main point persons charged with mending fences with Canada’s West following last month’s federal election that saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals win exactly zero seats in Alberta and Saskatchewan,» 

International

Pompeo congratulates Champagne and Freeland on their new appointments

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement Thursday congratulating Canada’s newly-minted Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland with their new roles. The two ministers were sworn in Wednesday as the Liberals began their» 

Politics

Trudeau taps former top diplomat to deal with discontent in Western Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his new cabinet Wednesday as the Liberals began a challenging second term in a minority government amid rising discontent in the oil-rich Western Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan over federal energy and climate change» 

International, Politics

Canada calls for calm in Bolivia

Canada called on Bolivian political and social actors to “exercise restraint and avoid violence and confrontation” Monday, as the country was plunged into a constitutional limbo following the resignation of the country’s first Indigenous president and all of his likely» 

Indigenous, Society

AFN leader says Canada must press Brazil on Indigenous survival

The head of the Assembly of First Nations says Canada needs to press Brazil to “end its violence” against Indigenous Peoples. In a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Chief Perry Bellegarde says he has “grave concerns” over what» 

International, Society

Ottawa issues sharper warning on Hong Kong travel

The federal government has issued another travel warning for Canadians travelling to Hong Kong. The new advisory went up on the government’s website this morning, telling Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution in Hong Kong due to ongoing» 

Economy, International, Society

Canada’s ambassador to Washington is stepping away

David MacNaughton is resigning as Canada’s ambassador to the United States, effective at the end of the month. In a statement on Thursday, MacNaughton, who helped guide Canada through difficult NAFTA regnotiations, called the decision “bittersweet.” “Serving as Canada’s ambassador in» 

Health, International, Politics, Society

Some visa services restored in Havana

There’s finally a bit of movement for Canadians and Cubans forced to deal with the Canadian Embassy in Havana, vastly downsized because of a still-unsolved illness that struck Canadian and U.S. diplomats almost two years ago. After months of pushback» 

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»