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Canada’s 26 men and one woman in London

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Canada’s 26 men and one woman in London

Canada didn’t leap to send a diplomat to Britain immediately following Confederation. After all, communicating with Ottawa and London on matters affecting the new Dominion was the job of the governor general. But in 1869, Sir John A. Macdonald picked Sir John Rose, a Montreal banker and railway magnate, to be, not an orthodox diplomat, […]

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How Salada Tea built Canada House

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
How Salada Tea built Canada House

For the first 50 years or so, Canada conducted its diplomatic, consular and trade affairs in London from a variety of rented addresses ranging from the Strand to Charing Cross Road. In the 1920s, however, prime minister Mackenzie King launched a plan to consolidate all such functions under one roof, and sent High Commissioner Peter […]

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His Excellency, Gordon Campbell

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
His Excellency, Gordon Campbell

In 2011, after a decade in the position, Gordon Campbell resigned as the Liberal premier of British Columbia. His departure followed a stunning loss of popularity resulting from his government’s introduction of the harmonized sales tax (HST). But he was ending on a high note as well — a very high one indeed. The Winter […]

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The world’s most wanted

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
The world’s most wanted

Wolfgang Depner lists the fugitives authorities would most like to apprehend and take to court. This list of the world’s most wanted fugitives speaks of men who have employed their talents in the pursuit of criminal ends. There is the risk of upsetting some by giving a platform to people who seemingly deserve none, but […]

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Mexico’s drug problem

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Mexico’s drug problem

Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, takes office at a very interesting point in Mexican history. Mexico is experiencing an economic upturn that may become even more pronounced if Mr. Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party administration is able to work with its rivals in the National Action Party to enact needed reforms to Mexico’s labour, […]

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The people of the sun

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
The people of the sun

To many, Mexico is merely a holiday destination, a place of sun, sand and cerveza, its people represented by the smiling members of the service industry at resorts, shops and tourist traps. Outside the perfectly landscaped resorts are intriguing Mayan and Aztec ruins, as well as drug cartels and the rampant corruption within the police […]

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That’s no way to treat a friend!

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
That’s no way to treat a friend!

That’s no way to treat a friend! Laura Neilson Bonikowsky Trade between Mexico and Canada is significant and includes a wide range of products — from airplane and auto parts to crude oil and tequila. In NAFTA’s first decade, trade between the two countries more than doubled from $6.5 billion to exceed $15 billion. Mexico […]

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Forging a new strategic partnership

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Forging a new strategic partnership

Canada and Mexico, living alongside and often in the shadow of the colossus of the 20th Century, have long seen their place in the world as deeply coloured by the reality that they are of the Americas, but not Americans. The two countries have benefited from their proximity to the largest economy on Earth and […]

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From the Arctic to the Usumacinta

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
From the Arctic to the Usumacinta

Mexican Ambassador Francisco J. Barrio Terrazas celebrates the astonishing successes of the North American Free Trade Agreement, now approaching its 20th year. But he finds the world’s most vibrant free-trade agreement has now “fallen short” of meeting the next-generation needs of the Mexican, Canadian and U.S. peoples. Here, Ambassador Barrio Terrazas calls for fundamental reform […]

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Mexico on the rise

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Mexico on the rise

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, in his mid-February tour of Latin American countries, succinctly explained Canada’s strategic interest in a more economically integrated partnership of the Three Amigos in the NAFTA free-trade agreement — and most urgently with Mexico, the poorest of them all. “Mexico, in our lifetime, is going to be a Top-10 […]

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