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Scheer says a Conservative government would continue campaign for UN Security Council seat

Jul 9 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he would continue Canada’s campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council if he becomes Prime Minister following this fall’s federal election. However, Mr. Scheer said he would not “sell out” Canadian principles, including democracy, the rule of law and fundamental human rights, in an effort to secure […]

Major federal parties charter planes for fall federal election

Jul 2 2019 — Michelle Zilio — The three main federal political parties have chartered planes for this fall’s election, cementing their logistical plans to crisscross Canada during the campaign. The Liberals, Conservatives and NDP confirmed to The Globe and Mail that they have booked planes to jet their leaders and campaign teams across the country to pitch their platforms to Canadians. […]

Parliamentary delegation returns from China after pushing for release of detained Canadians

May 30 2019 — Michelle Zilio — A delegation of Canadian parliamentarians has returned from China where they urged Chinese lawmakers to engage in high-level talks about the detention of two Canadians as a part of an effort to improve relations between the two countries. Joe Peschisolido, a Liberal MP who was on the delegation’s trip last week, said Chinese officials “noted” […]

Trump’s Middle East envoy welcomes Andrew Scheer’s plan to move Canadian embassy to Jerusalem

May 15 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy says he welcomes Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s commitment to move Canada’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize the city as the Israeli capital if elected later this year. Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to President Trump and special representative for international negotiations at the White House, said that while Canada […]

Trudeau government’s tougher line on asylum seekers a ‘dramatic shift’ in policy, says Amnesty International

Apr 29 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Amnesty International is sounding the alarm over the Trudeau government’s tougher line on asylum seekers, saying Canada risks its global reputation as a welcoming place for refugees and would become another country to close its border to the world’s most vulnerable if it changed its asylum policy. Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s Americas director, is in […]

Canadian views on immigrants, refugees hold steady, despite increasing political rhetoric: poll

Apr 29 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Canadians’ views on immigrants and refugees have held steady over the past six months despite increasing political rhetoric about asylum seekers, a new survey shows. A poll by the Environics Institute for Survey Research, provided exclusively to The Globe and Mail, shows the question of whether immigration levels are too high continues to produce a […]

Liberal MPs block effort to immediately invite Wilson-Raybould to testify further on SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 6 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Liberal MPs blocked an effort by the opposition on Wednesday to immediately invite Jody Wilson-Raybould back to a parliamentary committee to speak further about the government’s effort to put pressure on her to shelve the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., despite the former justice minister’s willingness to testify again. Rather, Liberal members of the […]

More than half of Canadians say charges against SNC-Lavalin should go to criminal trial: poll

Mar 4 2019 — Michelle Zilio — More than half of Canadians say fraud and corruption charges against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. should go to a criminal trial rather than a negotiated settlement where the Montreal engineering and construction giant would pay fines and avoid prosecution, according to a new survey. The numbers, provided exclusively to The Globe and Mail and CTV News, […]

Freeland spoke to Venezuelan opposition leader two weeks before he declared himself interim president, source says

Jan 25 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with Juan Guaido to congratulate him on unifying opposition forces in Venezuela, two weeks before he declared himself interim president. Separately, Ottawa was told by opposition groups, former diplomats and Venezuelan émigré to expect a major announcement on Wednesday, the 61st anniversary of the end of a Venezuela military […]

Canadians targeted in thwarted 2018 terror plot in Israel

Jan 11 2019 — Michelle Zilio — A Canadian delegation was among a group of high-profile targets that a man now convicted of terrorism planned to attack in Jerusalem last year, according to the Israel Security Agency. Muhammad Jamal Rashdeh was sentenced to 11 years in prison in connection with the plot, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday. Israel’s internal security […]

Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since Huawei executive’s arrest, says Ottawa

Jan 3 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since the high-profile arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1, according to a Canadian government official. A Global Affairs Canada spokesperson, Guillaume Bérubé, confirmed the detentions in a statement to The Globe and Mail. Until Thursday, only three Canadians – Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor […]

Feds to temporarily extend one-year period for Yazidi refugees to reunite with family members in Iraq

Dec 6 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office says the federal government will temporarily extend the one-year period for Yazidi genocide survivors in Canada to reunite with their surviving family members who are still languishing in Iraq. Mr. Hussen’s press secretary, Mathieu Genest, said the government is developing a temporary extension of the one-year window for survivors of […]