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Five foreign policy priorities

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Five foreign policy priorities

  Diplomat magazine asked all five federal party leaders to provide us with their top five foreign policy priorities in advance of the October election. Note: The Liberals didn’t give us five priorities, choosing instead to send a few paragraphs. We’ve run them as we received them.       ANDREW SCHEER Conservative Party of […]

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Hong Kong nears an abyss

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Hong Kong nears an abyss

Distinguishing facts from propaganda during two months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong is difficult, but important realities now appear clear. The government of China solemnly agreed to special status for Hong Kong in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. It promised a “high degree of autonomy,” and declared that democracy, the rule of law and […]

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Iran’s tumultuous history

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Iran’s tumultuous history

An earlier movement to establish democratic national governance in Iran was derailed in 1953 when a U.S.-backed coup toppled the elected Mosaddeq government in a dispute over an oil company’s nationalization. The ensuing monarchy of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, which became increasingly autocratic, was overthrown by a revolution in 1979 that was […]

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The next potential oil crisis

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
The next potential oil crisis

As the Iran crisis intensifies, we could potentially see a spike in oil prices like the sharp increases we witnessed in 2008 in the lead-up to a major recession. Many observers believe that the next likely recession is in the offing for the later quarter of 2020, following the U.S. presidential election, according to Erik […]

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A new global strategy for Canada

A new global strategy for Canada

One of the first responsibilities of Canada’s new government on taking office will be to define a new global engagement strategy in a turbulent world that is threatened by the triple perils of populism, protectionism and authoritarianism. The bedrock of Canada’s foreign policy and international engagement has been a strong economic and political relationship with […]

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Sri Lanka’s residence is full of charm — and charms

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Sri Lanka’s residence is full of charm — and charms

The odds are good you’ve never seen a dumb waiter quite like the one in the Sandy Hill residence of Sri Lankan High Commissioner Madukande Asoka Kumara Girihagama. In fact, at first glance, you might mistake the wood-panelled beauty concealed behind a white interior door as an elevator for short people who don’t suffer from […]

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Where in the world everybody is going

Where in the world everybody is going

The Top 10 tourist destinations around the globe Each year, people around the world leave home searching for adventure or a change of scenery. While most tend to travel mainly within their own region, international travel has become a dynamic and profitable business. In 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there […]

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The refugee crisis: ‘[We should] stabilize the hotspots so people can go back to their homes’

| July 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
The refugee crisis: ‘[We should] stabilize the hotspots so people can go back to their homes’

Ratna Omidvar came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have inspired her work in Canada. She was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in April 2016 as an independent senator representing Ontario. Prior to her appointment, Omidvar was the founding executive director of the think-tank […]

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Why foreign policy should be an election issue

| July 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Why foreign policy should be an election issue

Foreign policy won’t be a federal election issue during the 2019 campaign, although it should. To be sure, there may be a leader’s debate about foreign policy as there was in the 2015 election. But foreign policy is generally not a do-or-die, make-or-break issue with Canadians. Like voters pretty much anywhere, they are preoccupied with […]

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A stately hilltop mansion for Italy’s envoys

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
A stately hilltop mansion for Italy’s envoys

When deciding to bring his love affair with wood into his home, lumber baron Robert L. Blackburn clearly realized that some discretion was in order. Blackburn built the stately hilltop mansion on chemin d’Aylmer in Gatineau next to the tony Royal Ottawa Golf Club in 1924. It has been the official residence of the Italian […]

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