Canada’s new ambassador to China vows to raise human rights concerns

OTTAWA — The federal government has chosen a career diplomat who says defending human rights and repairing the Canada-China relationship are her main focus as Ottawa’s new ambassador to China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Jennifer May, most recently ambassador to Brazil, as his new envoy to Beijing, ditching his practice of putting political appointees … Read more

Trudeau, ministers to attend 77th Session of the U.N. General Assembly next week – National

by staff The Canadian Press Posted September 17, 2022 6:31 pm Updated September 17, 2022 6:32 pm narrower font Descrease article font size –a Larger font Increase article font size a+ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to New York next week to attend the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly from Sept. … Read more

Why British PM-to-be Liz Truss has a ‘sweet spot’ for Canada

Long before Liz Truss was elected to lead the Conservative party and serve as Britain’s next prime minister, she was a 12-year-old girl in a pink sweater with shoulder-length brown hair and big, swooping bangs. And she lived in Canada — an experience that made a profound impression on the future politician and could now … Read more

Ottawa must block gas turbine shipments to Russia, MPs say

OTTAWA—Opposition parties are demanding Ottawa immediately cancel a permit that would allow five additional gas turbines to be returned to Russia, after Ottawa last week declared Moscow never had any intention to the equipment to boost natural gas flows to Europe. Both the federal Conservatives and the NDP have been left wondering what it will … Read more

Canada capitulated to ‘blackmail’ on Russia’s gas turbines, MPs told

OTTAWA—Ukrainian representatives on Thursday blasted Ottawa for failing to explore other options that would have upheld sanctions against Russia and sidestepped Canada’s gas turbine controversy, as federal ministers say they considered alternatives and found no viable pathways. “Did the Government of Canada do everything possible to avoid lifting those sanctions? Did they leave any stone … Read more

Did Canada violate Russia sanctions over gas turbines to Germany?

OTTAWA—Canada’s decision to return six turbines to Germany that would help supply Europe with Russian natural gas has triggered support but also widespread condemnation over whether Ottawa is circumventing sanctions imposed during the invasion of Ukraine. On Thursday, federal cabinet ministers and diplomatic officials will face questions from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee … Read more

How Canada helped lead Sweden and Finland into NATO

Three summers ago, Finnish Foreign Affairs Minister Pekka Haavisto was in Toronto for a conference on reform in Ukraine that was attended by leading figures from nations around the globe. Haavisto liked Toronto; he enjoyed the chance to hear from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the conference and get to know Justin Trudeau’s government a little … Read more

Canada’s foreign minister will attend G20 despite Russia being there too – National

by staff The Canadian Press Posted July 5, 2022 4:18 pm Updated July 5, 2022 4:19 pm narrower font Descrease article font size †a Larger font Increase article font size a† Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly will take part in a G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, this week, even though Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey … Read more

Canada expanding military and diplomatic presence in eastern Europe

OTTAWA—Canada will ramp up and lead an increased military deployment to Latvia, shaping a multinational brigade as part of NATO’s surge of 300,000 more troops in Eastern Europe to push back against any Russian ambition to expand its war beyond Ukraine. At the same time, Ottawa will expand its diplomatic presence in Eastern Europe, opening … Read more

‘Unacceptable’ for Canadian official to have attended Russia Day celebration: Joly – National

It was “unacceptable” for a Canadian official to have attended Russia Day celebrations at the country’s embassy in Canada, foreign affairs minister Melanie Joly said on Sunday. A deputy protocol chief in Canada’s global affairs department, Yasemin Heinbecker, attended Friday’s event, along with representatives of Egypt, Pakistan and some African nations, the Globe and Mail … Read more