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International, Politics

More than just bromance: Trudeau-Macron tandem driven by shifting geopolitics

When G20 leaders meet in Hamburg next week many observers will be watching the budding bromance between France’s newly elected President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The G20’s two youngest leaders – Macron is 39, Trudeau 45 »

International, Politics

Canada’s policy in Venezuela is ‘anything but neutral,’ says national labour coalition

The Liberal government’s approach to championing human rights and security in the Americas is one-sided and selective, says a Canadian labour and civil society coalition. Common Frontiers, an umbrella group of labour and civil society organizations, says Canada needs to play »

International, Politics

Experts praise Freeland’s ‘courageous’ foreign policy speech

As Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland continues to make the rounds to promote the Liberal government’s newly articulated foreign policy principles, experts say the government deserves credit for its ‘courageous’ stand. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the International »


Canada charts ‘sovereign’ foreign policy course as U.S. leadership waivers

At a time when the United States turns increasingly inward and questions the relevance of international institutions, Canada will champion the “renewal, indeed the strengthening, of the postwar multilateral order,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday in a major »

International, Politics

War of words between North Korea and U.S. escalates

The war of words between North Korea and the United States continues to escalate as Pyongyang warned Thursday that it is ready to launch a “super-mighty preemptive strike” against the continental U.S., as well as South Korean and American forces »

International, Politics

Swingback: making sense of Canadian foreign policy under Harper and Trudeau

There are few Canadian journalists who would have been more qualified to write a book about Canadian foreign policy than Mike Blanchfield. To say that for the last two decades Blanchfield has had a front seat in observing and reporting »

International, Politics

Too early to see how Trump presidency will change Canada-U.S. relations: Dion

It’s still too early to say how the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States will change Ottawa’s relations with Washington, says Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion. “We’ll see what the new president will »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

‘We should be deeply concerned’ about Trump, says prof

While campaigning for the U.S. presidency, Donald Trump made several alarming statements and that begs the question of just how much power he will have to carry out his promises. Canada is particularly concerned about his vow to scrap the »

International, Politics

Canada unveils diplomatic mission in Laos

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion officially unveiled Canada’s latest diplomatic mission in Southeast Asia during his visit to Laos to participate in the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday. The embassy in the capital, »

International, Politics

Trudeau’s foreign policy adviser steps down

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is losing his top foreign policy adviser. Roland Paris, the man credited with shaping Trudeau’s foreign policy, surprised many observers when he tweeted yesterday that he’ll be returning to his teaching position at the University of »