Despite enjoying the support of a high proportion of western canola growers, Conservative party leader Scheer has sounded a hawkish rather than conciliatory note when talking about China.
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With Canada-China relations, how did things ever get so far?

An opportunity for China to calm down things with Canada?

How did things ever get so far? I’m hoping somebody high up in the Chinese government is thinking that today, as its relationships with multiple countries are strained and have suffered considerable damage in the last couple of years. Canada is not the least of those strained relationships and deepening bad blood, with two Canadian […] Read more

Supporters watch the results come in at the Conservative leader Andrew Scheer's campaign headquarters during the federal election in Regina.  |  REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Life in the afterglow of the commodity boom: Is this why we’re all so mad and raging?

Everybody wants somebody to blame. Better blame Mr CommoditiesCycle

It’s a truly dark time in Canada, with the rise of an angry, raging, denunciatory politics taking over this nation the way that it has been doing in the U.S. for a few years now. The federal election supplied ample evidence of this, with ill will and personal attacks hanging over the entire campaign. Beyond […] Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off a challenging six-week re-election campaign on Wednesday and immediately faced new questions about a nagging ethics scandal that could cut support for his Liberal Party. | Reuters photo

Trudeau kicks off re-election campaign

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off a challenging six-week re-election campaign on Wednesday and immediately faced new questions about a nagging ethics scandal that could cut support for his Liberal Party. Trudeau, who swept to office in November 2015 promising “sunny ways” and stressing the importance of gender equality and the […] Read more


Canada will play “Good cop, bad cop” with China

Either way, Canada shows few signs of buckling. It's not in Canada's nature

Canada’s playing Good cop/Bad cop with China. It’s not an intentional strategy. It’s just the way that the psychology of this country is breaking down. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party are the ‘Good cop’ gang, hoping to use reasonableness, seeming friendliness, understanding and offers of help to get China to back off […] Read more



Trudeau, speaking to an audience in Montreal just days after Beijing warned Ottawa not to meddle in Hong Kong's affairs, also repeated his call for restraint and respect for human rights as protests sweep the former British colony. | Screencap via Facebook/Justin Trudeau

Trudeau says he will not back down in dispute with China

OTTAWA, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would not escalate a deepening trade and diplomatic dispute with China but added his government had no intention of backing down as it defended its interests. Trudeau, speaking to an audience in Montreal just days after Beijing warned Ottawa not to […] Read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to a crowd of about 500 during his town hall tour at the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Jan. 25. | William DeKay photo

Trudeau’s town hall tour stops in Saskatoon

About 500 people attended Justin Trudeau’s ninth town hall of his cross Canada tour, which stopped at the University of Saskatchewan, Jan 25. During the hour-long question and answer period, the Prime Minister fielded questions on a host of wide-ranging topics – from the federal carbon tax to first nations’ issues to international trade and […] Read more