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Russia Expels Canadian Diplomat

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The diplomatic chess game between Canada and Russia over the Ukraine crisis continued Tuesday, with the Kremlin ordering the expulsion of a s...

Canada's Tough Talk On Russia 'Makes No Difference'

CBC | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

The Conservative government's tough rhetoric over Russia’s actions in Ukraine may play well to some voters domestically, but analysts doubt...


CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is trying to put more pressure on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has announced additional sanct...

The Biggest Concerns for Ukraine's New President

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Bociurkiw

In a few weeks time Ukrainian voters will be going to the polls to elect a new president to replace Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country for the safety of Russia amid a Tahrir Square-style, people power uprising. The Cabinet of Ministers has no lack of urgent agenda items to deal with. Several pitfalls lie ahead:

How the Keystone Pipeline Will Shut Putin Down

Diane Francis | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

A Keystone bomb would deliver several payloads: punishment toward anti-American Venezuela; proceeds toward Canada which buys more goods and services from the U.S. than the European Union does; punishment toward Russia by casting into the markets more Venezuelan oil and replacement of Venezuelan oil with Canadian oil that is $30 a barrel cheaper.

Lessons From Malaysia and Russia: Sovereignty Has Put the World in Danger

Lloyd Axworthy | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Lloyd Axworthy

What can the missing Malaysian airliner and the Russian takeover of Crimea have in common, aside from competing for airtime on the 24-hour news channels? Let's consider this common thread: both events demonstrate the absence of any working, collaborative governance system to deal with crisis coupled with the irrelevance of many of the post-World War II multilateral agreements and practices.

Ban From Russia Called 'A Badge Of Honour'

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics

Many of the 13 Canadians banned by Russia Monday say they're actually quite honoured by the move. Liberal MPs Chrystia Freeland and Irwin Cotler w...

'Rumours Of Blowback' As Harper Warns Businesses Against Russia

CP/HuffPost Canada | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has warned Canadian companies doing business in Russia they face “risks” because of the growing diplomatic crisis ov...

Russia Bans Entry To 13 Canadian Lawmakers, Officials

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Russia on Monday slapped an entry ban on 13 Canadian lawmakers and officials, including House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer and government...

Harper In Netherlands On Eve Of G7 Summit

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Stephen Harper and his fellow G7 leaders are suspending their participation in the Group of Eight until Russia "changes cours...

Why I Won't Be Travelling To Russia | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Travel

Perhaps if this had been a one-time occurrence it would be easier to digest, but the fact is Russian president Vladimir Putin has a shameful record when it comes to just about everything. He has never hesitated to put political rivals behind bars, even going as far as jailing the protest band Pussy Riot.

Harper Meets With Ukrainian PM

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Politics

KYIV, Ukraine - Stephen Harper paid a visit to Ukraine on Saturday, becoming the first G7 leader to witness the devastation in Kyiv as he took in the ...

Harper Extends Sanctions On Russian Officials, Bank

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Politics

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Prime Minister Stephen Harper, poised to become the first G7 leader to witness first-hand the tumult in Ukraine, arrived in E...

Let's Not Forget That Many in the Ukraine Are Genuinely Pro-Russia

Lucy Leiderman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada
Lucy Leiderman

At the end of the day, it will always be the people who suffer, and Ukraine has a long history of suffering. There are enough populations who feel abandoned by a Ukrainian Ukraine to fight for Russia, and enough who are ready to engulf Kiev in flames in order to show their desire to move away from the perceived dangers of an Eastern block and take their place among Western nations.

Ukraine's Breakup Has Nothing To Do With Russia or Washington

Diane Francis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

Crimea is a pity, and likely victimized by Moscow pressure, but the reality is that Ukraine is a failed state without a government, a constitution that can be enforced, an army that can be called upon to defend its people or an economy. If I lived in Crimea I'd vote for the devil I know (Moscow) rather than the devils to come (Kiev).

Ukraine Is Another Example of a Dangerous World of Clashing Hegemons

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada
Errol P. Mendes

When the history of the early decades of the 21st Century is written, it may well be called the era of multiple clashing hegemons. The most recent glo...

After Crimea, the Only Question is "What's Next?"

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Bociurkiw

The mood on Maidan Square in central Kyiv remains decidedly grim after a referendum widely branded as illegal and illegitimate took place in Crimea on Sunday. Two Ukrainian kozaks loudly beat drums in a rhythm that is normally used in the call to arms. It serves to heighten the sense of foreboding. Now that Crimea has been hived off from mainland Ukraine, "what next?" is the question on everyone's minds

Why Geopolitics, Not Economics, Governs Russia's Crimea Decision

Sam Singh | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada
Sam Singh

Despite the very tangible political or economic benefits it could bring, Russia never considered peacefully ceding any of its remaining territorial holdings to its neighbours. During the 1998 financial crisis for example, President Boris Yeltsin never thought of selling the sparsely populated, almost vestigial property of Sakhalin Island in the north Pacific to a cash-rich, land-poor Japan, even as Russia desperately needed hard currency to prop up a crashing ruble. If and when Crimea votes to leave Ukraine for Russia, Western economic sanctions will surely follow if Russia happily embraces the peninsula.

Canada To Offer $220M To Prop Up Ukraine's Finances

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada will contribute $220 million to an international effort to bail out the government of Ukraine, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird sai...

Mulroney: Putin Is No Gorbachev

CBC | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Politics

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney describes Russian President Vladimir Putin as a leader longing for the days when the Soviet Union enjoyed superp...

A Tale of Two Russia Today Anchors

Davide Mastracci | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

On the evening of March 5, anchor Liz Wahl resigned from Russia Today-America at the end of her 5 p.m. broadcast. While it's not fair to speculate that Wahl made her dramatic exit in order to score a new, and potentially higher paying, job, it is certain that her patriotic exit will likely be rewarded by American media.

B.C. Premeir's Stance On Ukraine

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is speaking up about the crisis on Europe's Crimean Peninsula, saying Ukrainians must be free from t...

The West Should Butt Out of Ukrainian Politics

Jackson Doughart | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

The West, and especially the English-speaking West, has wrongly taken sides in the present conflict in Ukraine. Instead of making empty promises or threats, our message should be clear and decisive: "What is happening in Ukraine is a matter that its population has to sort out for itself. But, if asked, we will work with all interested parties to mediate a speedy and peaceful resolution." No more, no less.

How to Drink Vodka Like a Russian

Dustin Sproat | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada
Dustin Sproat

Take your time finding the right table at the right restaurant. You'll be there awhile -- might as well get comfortable. The bottle of vodka is to be served cold and of high quality. The person that picks up the first bottle is in charge of pouring and pacing shots for the entire night, even once you change venues...

Former Ambassadors Dismiss Canada's Ukraine Response

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government's response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis smacked of empty gestures from a country that has become increasingly marginali...