Canada Foreign Affairs

Trudeau Relaxes Conservative Control Of Top Diplomats

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Trudeau sent a letter Wednesday to the ambassadors and high commissioners of Canada's foreign missions telling them he and his cabinet will be relying on their judgment and insight to advance Canada's foreign policy goals.

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Stéphane Dion Given New Chance To Craft His Political Legacy | Althia Raj | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics

"It was not part of my dream to become minister of foreign affairs, but now that I have the responsibility, I am ecstatic with it.”

Stephane Dion Was Always More Than A Shrug, And He's Earned This Moment

Ryan Maloney | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Ryan Maloney

The man dubbed "not a leader" has been named Canada's foreign affairs minister. It's one of the most coveted and prestigious roles in government. Dion will now get the chance to represent Canada on the world stage, a prospect that might have seemed impossible back when the death of the Liberal party was being exaggerated.

Will Justin Trudeau Rebuild Canada's Relationship With Iran?

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Kourosh Ziabari

International relations with Iran suffered under Stephen Harper. There's a noteworthy Iranian-Canadian community scattered across Canada, which has nurtured prominent artists, scientists, scholars, business people, entrepreneurs, journalists and even politicians who maintain close relations with the fellow citizens living in Iran. Now, as the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is soon to be inaugurated, Iranians living in Canada and their compatriots at home are wishing for a quick and immediate normalization of the relations between Tehran and Ottawa.

'Secret' Memo From Foreign Affairs Officials Urges Policy Changes

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The leak is the latest in a series in recent days from the normally sealed senior ranks of Foreign Affairs in which top officials are candidly calling for some new directions for Canada on the world stage.

Memo Reveals Catch Behind New Gov't Jobs In 'Like-Minded Countries'

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Politics

November 2014 briefing note highlights some "resource implications."

Harper Has Made Canada Irrelevant in Global Governance

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Stephen Harper's decisions on Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the United States have officially shut the last nails on the coffin of Canadian relevance in global governance. The Conservative government's hard power strategy officially commits Canada to the role of a fireman in an incandescent region, at the taxpayer's expense, with zero influence on the regional levers at the core of the Middle East's most pressing fires today. It is time for the opposition parties to fine-tune their foreign policy chops in the coming official campaign period in order for Canada to chart its way back to the world's bargaining table.

Canadians In Malaysia Could Be Charged For Allegedly Stripping On Mountain

CP | Adam Miller, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada

TORONTO - The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is assisting two Canadians barred from leaving Malaysia, amid reports that the pair could be charg...

Baird Resigns From Cabinet, Won't Run Again

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — John Baird made it official this morning, telling a hushed House of Commons that he is stepping down as Stephen Harper's foreign affairs mi...

@Canada Makes Very Canadian Twitter Debut

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Politics

It just wouldn't be Canadian if the country joined Twitter with great fanfare. @Canada made a characteristically inauspicious debut on the social n...

What Happens When Empire Intervenes in the Affairs of Other Countries

Mark Taliano | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

In an article entitled "Why Canada And The U.S. Are On The Wrong Side Of Democracy", I describe the shocking downward spiral of Honduras since the illegal coup, and the concurrent loss of economic and political self-determination. This, then, is the consistent pattern when Empire intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries.

Why Does Harper Still Support the Repressive, Misogynistic Saudi Regime?

Yves Engler | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Even the most ardent Conservative supporters must wonder what principled position is behind the recent government-sponsored arms deal with Saudi Arabia that will send over $10 billion worth of Light Armoured Vehicles to one of the most anti-woman and repressive countries in the world. Outside its borders, the Saudi royal family uses its immense wealth to promote and fund many of the most reactionary, anti-women social forces in the world. The Conservatives have ignored these abuses, staying quiet when the regime killed "Arab Spring" protesters and intervened in Bahrain. Worse still, the Harper government's hostility towards Iran and backing of last July's military takeover in Egypt partly reflects their pro-Saudi orientation.

Secret Tory Foreign Policy Document Draws Fire

CBC | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Politics

A confidential draft document on Canadian foreign policy is drawing fire from opposition MPs, human rights experts and former diplomats, but Prime Min...

Canadians Told To Steer Clear Of Yucatan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Travel

OTTAWA - The Foreign Affairs Department is advising Canadians against non-essential travel to the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula because of appro...

Canada, Stop Being Netanyahu's Doormat

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reorganized his governing coalition and canceled a call for elections less than a day after his cabinet agreed to hold them early this September. For Canada, this is welcomed news. Any shift in Israel's government would pose a challenge for this country's Israel policy, which often confuses support for Netanyahu with support for Israel.

Canada Shutting Down Consulates In U.S.

CBC | Posted 06.27.2012 | Canada Politics

The federal government is expected to announce next week the closing of some of Canada’s consulates in the U.S. as well as domestic tra...

Harper Warns Iran On Executing Canadian

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2012 | Canada Politics

SANTIAGO, Chile - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is calling on Iran to spare the life of an Iranian-Canadian convicted of espionage and awaiting execut...

Years Of Foreign Aid Cuts May Threaten Canada's World Reputation

CBC | Posted 06.03.2012 | Canada Business

Budgets may be all about looking ahead, but for those concerned about Canada's place in the world last week's federal budget seems to tak...

Hello Latin America. It's Been A While

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.22.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is poised to unveil a reinvigoration of his government's muddled Americas strategy when he meets with hemispher...

Baird To Make History In Myanmar

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada Politics

BANGKOK - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is planning a landmark visit to Myanmar, a country that has suffered for nearly half a century under the...

Canada Slaps Russia For Arms Support To Syria

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada has pressed Russia to stop funnelling arms to the Assad regime as the Syrian dictator unspools a deadly military crackdown on dissente...

Canada's Foreign Affairs Department Gets Odd Requests From Abroad

CBC | Posted 02.27.2012 | Canada Politics

Canadian consular officials can replace a lost passport, contact your relatives when you need help while abroad, and provide advice on me...

Harper Government Won't Vie For UN Security Council Seat

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government will not mount another campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council after Canada's historic defeat last y...

Baird Told To Tread Carefully At Vatican

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal bureaucrats told Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to tread carefully in a meeting last month at the Vatican about his plan to set ...

Canada Clamps Down On Iranian Nationals Accused In US Plot

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is slapping sanctions on five Iranian nationals accused of plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.The fede...