As China’s refusal to import Canadian canola seed casts a shadow over the spring planting season for the second year in a row, Parliament’s new special committee on Canada–China relations is hearing different explanations for what’s going on diplomatically. On Feb. 5, Conservative MP Chris Warkentin asked Dominic Barton, Canada’s new ambassador to China,Read More →

Nearly everywhere Justin Trudeau goes in Addis Ababa, it seems Norway’s prime minister isn’t far behind.  On Saturday, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived to an African Union meeting on gender equality just minutes after Trudeau did. Then, she followed in Trudeau’s footsteps, strolling through Unity Park with the EthiopianRead More →

Canadians evacuated from the coronavirus-affected region of China will be quarantined for two weeks at a military base to prevent the virus from spreading, Global Affairs Canada said on Sunday. The department said the government has chartered a plane to airlift stranded Canadians out of Wuhan, China. The plane is standingRead More →

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled legislation Wednesday to implement the new NAFTA trade deal in Canada, on the same day U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a major rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico. The Canadian bill, C-4, will amend dozens of laws — everythingRead More →

As the U.S. continues to paralyze the World Trade Organization’s system for appealing trade disputes, 17 members of the trade organization announced Friday they will collaborate on an alternative initiated by Canada and the European Union to resolve complaints that emerge between them in the meantime. The announcement was made onRead More →

The Iranian government’s admission that its own military forces shot down flight PS752 was “an important step,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday, but it was also a “first step.” There are still, the prime minister explained, “many more steps” to be taken — that “must” be taken. This is the prudentRead More →

Sen. Peter Harder, the outgoing government representative in the upper house, says the Don Meredith sex scandal proved that the Senate’s ethics code needs a rewrite. At issue is just how long it took Senate Ethics Officer (SEO) Pierre Legault to complete his review of serious allegations that rocked the Red ChamberRead More →

Canadians who are being mistakenly flagged by the so-called “no-fly list” took their plight directly to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair Thursday, urging him to take swift action to prevent the list from punishing people who pose no threat to aviation security. During a meeting with the minister in Toronto, Sarrah Lawendy showedRead More →

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade deal on Thursday that includes tougher labour and automotive content rules but leaves $1.2 trillion US in annual Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade flows largely unchanged. The House passed legislation to implement the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) on trade 385-41, with 38Read More →