Should Canada consider a free trade deal with China? As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mulls a possible trade mission to the country next month, the answer ought to be a resounding ‘no’ — not because such a deal would damage our economy or our trading relationship with the U.S., but rather because it threatens...READ MORE
Trudeau shows Trump how to insult the right people
“It is a personal and official insult,” said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s criticism of his war on drugs … a campaign which has seen more than 12,000 people killed, according to Human Rights Watch — 2,555 of them by the Philippine National Police. “It angers me when you are...READ MORE
What’s going on with Stéphane Dion?
Is he chopping logic on China, or is he contradicting Trudeau? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was turning heads at the United Nations last week. His chief diplomat, Stéphane Dion, gets mostly eye-rolls these days. Late last week, the foreign affairs minister appeared to directly contradict the prime minister on the state of discussions with...READ MORE
Cracking China’s diplomatic firewall
Will Trudeau take a stand on human rights, including freedom of the press? As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits China this week, reporters will focus on how he tackles the issue of human rights abuses in that country. What will he say about China’s treatment of dissidents? What of its oppression of Tibet? What of Kevin...READ MORE
Can China buy Canada’s silence? Why not? It’s worked elsewhere.
In 1968, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau came up with the most famous description of the Canada-U.S. relationship, and the power imbalance that defines it: a mouse sleeping with an elephant. Canada, as the junior partner, depended on the Americans for trade and security in an insecure Cold War world. For Canadian leaders and...READ MORE