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Chinese leader off to Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin will play host to his Chinese counterpart March 20-21 to discuss what Kremlin officials said today would be “a comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation.” For its part, Beijing said China would uphold “an objective and fair position on the war in Ukraine and “play a constructive role in promoting talks for peace.” [node:read-more:link]

Former G-G leads election probe

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that former Governor General David Johnston is the government’s “special rapporteur” investigating Opposition-fuelled allegations of Chinese meddling in Canada’s last two elections. Appointed in 2010 by Conservative PM Minister Stephen Harper, Johnston remained in the vice-regal post until 2017 and in agreeing to his latest assignment, he steps down as head of the independent Leaders’ Debates Commission. [node:read-more:link]

Biden set to visit Ottawa

NORAD, Russia, bilateral trade, industrial supply chains, climate change, clean energy and cross-border travel concerns are expected to feature prominently in U.S. President Joe Biden’s March 23-24 visit to Ottawa. Confirmed today, it will be Biden’s first visit as president since he assumed office in January 2021. [node:read-more:link]

Scientists’ dismissal still a puzzle

Nearly four years after two Chinese scientists were fired from a federal laboratory in Winnipeg on alleged national security grounds, the RCMP investigation continues. “Investigations are often complex, multijurisdictional and resource-intensive,” an RCMP spokeswoman offered without further comment. The two scientists have since returned home. [node:read-more:link]

Garneau quitting Parliament

Montreal Liberal MP Marc Garneau announced today that he is resigning from the House of Commons at the age of 74. The former naval combat systems engineer was the first Canadian astronaut on a Space Shuttle mission, in 1984, and headed the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2005 before being elected to Parliament in 2008. He held the Transport and then Foreign Affairs portfolios before being dropped from cabinet in 2021. [node:read-more:link]

SCOC judge’s absence prompts complaint

A complaint about the absence of justice Russell brown from the nine-member Supreme Court of Canada bench for more than a month is being reviewed by the Canadian Judicial Council. The court has said only that “we cannot disclose” the reason for Brown’s absence and the CJC also is declining further comment. [node:read-more:link]

Von der Leyen visits Canada

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is in Canada for a short visit aimed at promoting transatlantic ties. Her schedule today included meeting with Canadian Armed Forces personnel who had deployed to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees and an evening speech to the House of Commons. [node:read-more:link]

Liberal MP misses China votes

Toronto Liberal MP Han Dong, at the centre of a political controversy about alleged Chinese meddling in Canada’s electoral process, was not present for two House of Commons votes targetting China’s treatment of its Uyigher Muslim minority. In the most recent case, February 1, he was present for votes on other motions bracketing the one critical of China which was passed unanimously by the House. [node:read-more:link]

Brothers released from Guantánamo

Two brothers from Pakistan have been released without charge and repatriated after two decades in Guantánamo Bay. Abdul and Mohammed Ahmed Rabbani, who were arrested as"terrorists" in Pakistan in 2002, claim to have been tortured by CIA officers in Afghanistan before they were shipped to the U.S. military prison. [node:read-more:link]

Another “Gitmo” detainee freed

Pakistani national Ahmed Rabbani, once described as one of “the worst terrorists” in the world, has been repatriated from Guantánamo after more than 20 years without charge. He had been handed over by Pakistani officials in September 2002 in return for a bounty despite his insistence that he was only a taxi driver. His British human rights lawyer says his treatment is more evidence of how the U.S. intelligence and military communities had mishandled most Guantánamo detainees’ cases. [node:read-more:link]

Poilievre chastises caucus members

Three Ontario members of the Conservative caucus in the House of Commons have been rebuked by Party Leader Pierre Poilievre for having met with a far-right German member of the European Parliament touring Canada in support of the “Freedom Convoy” movement. Dean Allison, Colin Carrie and Leslyn Lewis say they were unaware of Christine Anderson’s views. [node:read-more:link]

Supreme Court judge takes leave

Supreme Court of Canada Justice Russell Brown, generally considered a strong voice for provincial rights, has taken a leave of absence from the nine-member bench. It comes only a few weeks before the court is scheduled to review environmental legislation which enables the federal government to regulate a wide range of industrial projects despite strong objections by Alberta. The court declined to explain the decision by the 57-year-old jurist who was appointed in 2015. [node:read-more:link]

Biden challenges Putin

In Poland today after a surprise visit to Kyiv, U.S. President Joe Biden said that after nearly a year of supporting Ukraine’s resistance to Russia’s invasion, NATO is “more united and more unified than ever before.” He also rebutted President Vladimir Putin’s claim earlier in the day that the West had instigated the conflict, saying that while the U.S. and Europe “do not seek to control or destroy Russia”, nor would their support for Ukraine waiver. [node:read-more:link]

New Moldovan government endorsed

Moldova's new government, led by pro-Western economist Dorin Recean, was sworn in day after securing parliamentary approval. Having served for a year as President Maia Sandu’s defence and security adviser, he was tapped by her last week after the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita. [node:read-more:link]

G-G facing on-line abuse

Governor General Mary Simon’s office said today it is turning off the comments sections on its social media accounts due to increasing “abusive, misogynistic and racist engagement on social media and online platforms, including a greater number of violent threats.” Appointed in July 2021, the former civil servant, broadcaster and diplomat is the first indigenous holder of the vice-regal office. [node:read-more:link]


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