National Newswatch

‘No such thing as too many cooks’: Freeland and Champagne to balance crucial Canada-U.S. relationship

Dec 2 2019 — Neil Moss — As the new NAFTA crawls towards implementation, it is natural for new Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to keep her responsibility over the Canada-U.S. file, say former diplomats, but it is unclear how incoming Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne fits into the fold. Ms. Freeland (University-Rosedale, Ont.) and Mr. Champagne (Saint-Maurice-Champlain, Que.) will both have […]

Mending global relationships, defending economic interests Champagne’s top tasks, say foreign policy analysts

Nov 22 2019 — Neil Moss — Repairing Canada’s global relationships and defending its economic interests will dominate the work of Canada’s new top diplomat, which will likely include less unilateral condemnation of human rights records around the world, say foreign policy analysts. Repairing Canada’s trading relationship with China will be front and centre for new Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne (Saint-Maurice-Champlain, […]

Trudeau’s re-election should bolster his international stature, says former diplomat

Nov 6 2019 — Neil Moss — Despite losing his majority government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s re-election will give his foreign policy posturing added legitimacy, with further opportunity for Canada to be more “ambitious” in representing liberal democracies around the world that are committed to bridge-building, say former diplomats and foreign policy experts. Mr. Trudeau, whose Liberals were re-elected to a minority […]