Highlights / François-Philippe Champagne

Health, Society

As Lebanon reels, Canada announces another aid plan to try to help

Ottawa has launched a dollar-for-dollar matching fund to send additional aid to Lebanon following last Tuesday’s deadly blast in Beirut that may have killed as many as 200 people as it wounded over 6,000 others and destroyed large swaths of »

International, Society

Second Canadian in two days sentenced to death in China

Another Canadian was sentenced to death in China on Friday–the second such sentence in two days and fourth in less than two years–and Ottawa says it is “profoundly concerned” about what’s going on. “We oppose the death penalty at every »

International, Politics

Canada ‘concerned’ as fighting resumes along Armenia-Azerbaijan border

Fighting along the restive border between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared up again on Thursday, hours after Canada and several other countries called on the two South Caucasus neighbours to “refrain immediately from using force” and respect the ceasefire. Armenia’s Defence »

International, Society

Almost 40,000 Canadians trapped overseas are now home

Nearly 40,000 Canadians stranded overseas because of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be safely home by this weekend, following a long-running and massive government operation that began in March. They will have been repatriated from 100 countries around the »

International, Society

Canada turns to foreign carriers to get citizens home

Ottawa is turning to nearly a dozen foreign airlines to help get about 5,000 Canadians still stranded overseas back home. Many are in secluded islands or on remote mountains in countries that are locked down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. »

Economy, Health, International

Getting stranded Canadians home: tact, diplomacy and patience required

Efforts to get Canadians home from far-flung locations around the world continue unabated and–like everything else in the time of COVID-19–it’s not easy. As a Westjet flight heads to Guatemala City today to pick up stranded Canadians, their compatriots in »

International, Society

Efforts continue to bring Canadians home

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the government is sending more flights to countries around the world to repatriate Canadians who have been unable to make it home as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. Speaking on the CBC radio »

Health, International

Canada’s foreign affairs minister tests negative for COVID-19

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says he has tested negative for COVID-19. Champagne tweeted out Thursday that he was in self-isolation at home while waiting for his test results. Champagne said he started to have flu-like symptoms, after returning »

Economy, International, Society

Grand Princess cruise ship passengers back in Canada

Like countries around the world, Canada continues to grapple with COVID-19. On Monday, British Columbia health officials reported that an elderly man at a long-term care facility in North Vancouver had died, becoming the first COVID-19 death in Canada. Federal »

International, Politics

Trudeau meets with Iranian foreign minister to ‘get answers’ in PS752 downing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne met with Iran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif , Thursday to discuss the investigation into the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 on Jan. 8, 2020. The meeting with »