Politics & Policy

Green Party suggests community service alternative

Green Party leader Elizabeth May suggested that “if” engineering firm SNC is found guilty on corruption and fraud charges, they should be forced to perform “community service” by repairing water infrastructure on native reserves. This solution “would keep the workers working. The shareholders of SNC-Lavalin wouldn’t like it, but maybe they should have paid more attention.” [node:read-more:link]

U.S. renews China criticism

After a meeting Aug. 1 in Thailand with China’s top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out against Chinese "coercion" of Southeast Asian neighbors in disputes over the South China Sea and its dam-building on the Mekong River. However, Pompeo said both countries want to improve ties. [node:read-more:link]

Persian Gulf relationships strained

The German government, which has resisted the use of military assets to protect commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf, evidently is worried that Britain may be drifting closer to an American-led response to Iranian activities, an approach previously rebuffed by France as well as Britain. [node:read-more:link]

Minister Freeland responds to OAG report

Following the tabling of the Auditor General’s report on Canada’s missions abroad, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has issued a statement outlining the steps the Government is taking to strengthen security measures at Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates. [node:read-more:link]

Govt to seek views on export permits

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will be launching an online consultation portal to seek industry views on how it conducts its assessment of export permits. The focus will inform the assessment of risks and implications of proposed exports with respect to human rights, Canada’s foreign and defence policy and national security considerations. [node:read-more:link]

NATO Parliamentarians meet in Halifax

Canada will be hosting NATO's 64th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly from 16-19 November 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Parliamentarians from the 29 NATO member countries will debate and adopt resolutions on the High North, hybrid warfare, burden sharing, deterrence, trade, energy, the South, defence innovation, and Russian election meddling. [node:read-more:link]


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