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Canada’s Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion ‘It’s important to be an interlocutor for peace’

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Canada’s Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion ‘It’s important to be an interlocutor for peace’

Stéphane Dion is an academic-turned-parliamentarian who was first elected to represent the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent in 1996. He has served as president of the privy council, minister of intergovernmental affairs and minister of the environment and became leader of the Liberal party for two years, beginning in 2006 after then-prime minister Paul Martin’s electoral […]

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Amnesty International: Working for human rights

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Amnesty International: Working for human rights

In June 2016, Claudia Medina was one of four women recognized by the Senate of Canada for her work as a human rights defender in Mexico. The following day she spoke at a press conference on Parliament Hill, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise Mexico’s urgent human rights crisis in his talks with […]

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Norway invests in its own future

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Norway invests in its own future

In a period when oil prices were high, Norway has been able to transform oil in the ground into financial wealth. Today, the Government Pension Fund Global is one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. By investing abroad, leaving capital in the fund untouched and limiting annual spending in the national budget to four […]

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Globalization as a bad word

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Globalization as a bad word

Globalization — defined as the free movement of goods, services, capital, people, ideas and information, which is supported by the values of neoliberal institutions — is under threat by the forces of virulent nationalism, xenophobia and protectionism. These forces are prevalent everywhere — in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa. As countries erect […]

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A ’fête accompli‘ at the French Embassy

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
A ’fête accompli‘ at the French Embassy

This year’s Fête Champêtre, an annual spring fundraiser for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, took place at the striking Art Deco building that houses the embassy of France, overlooking the Ottawa River and next to the prime minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex Drive. The ambassador agreed to host the fête for several reasons, not least […]

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Argentina: More than beef and wine grapes

Argentina: More than beef and wine grapes

Since President Mauricio Macri took office in December 2015, his government has made important changes to stabilize the business environment for local and foreign companies in Argentina. It has corrected macroeconomic imbalances, lifted capital controls, devalued the Argentine peso, reduced import regulations and removed most export taxes. Concurrently, Macri has taken steps to restore the […]

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Saudi Arabia: ‘Solving conflicts by peaceful means’

Saudi Arabia: ‘Solving conflicts by peaceful means’

Over the past year, there has been much talk in the media about the contract for General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to sell light armoured vehicles and provide training to the Saudi Arabia Royal Guard. There has also been a surge in misleading information about Saudi Arabia, which has been sensationalized and politicized by the […]

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Israel-Canada: Tech, cyber-security (and hummus)

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Israel-Canada: Tech, cyber-security (and hummus)

After signing free-trade agreements with its North American neighbours, Canada’s next agreement was with Israel. Since it came into force in 1997, trade has tripled, from less than $500 million to $1.6 billion in 2014. Israel’s top imports were aircraft, electrical machinery, paper and paperboard, precious stones and metals, cereals and vegetable products — in […]

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Vietnam: Canada’s fastest-growing partner in East Asia

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Vietnam: Canada’s fastest-growing partner in East Asia

Last year was a remarkable one for the Canada-Vietnam trading relationship. Two-way trade increased more than 40 percent, reaching $4.8 billion and making Vietnam Canada’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia. It also made ours the fastest-growing trading relationship in all of East Asia. Vietnam exports $4.1 billion to Canada, while importing about $700 million […]

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Kazakhstan’s enticing deal for Canadian investors

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Kazakhstan’s enticing deal for Canadian investors

When it comes to trade, Kazakhstan is among Canada’s priority countries, according to Global Affairs Canada’s global markets action plan. In 2012-2013, two-way trade between Kazakhstan and Canada was almost $6 billion. During that period, exports from Kazakhstan to Canada were $5.7 billion, while the value of imports from Canada to Kazakhstan reached $267 million. […]

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