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Stéphane Dion is right—we don’t need a Magnitsky Act, we need a rapprochement with Russia

By Zach Paikin      

If we wish to influence international events, then we must deal with the world as it is, not as we would like it to be. The deterioration of Russia-West relations over the past several years is not due to malice, but rather because of mutual misunderstanding.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion made headlines recently for resisting pressure to have Canada adopt a law targeting Russian human rights violators.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright.

With Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion having made headlines recently for resisting pressure to have Canada adopt a law targeting Russian human rights violators—a piece of legislation whose American equivalent has been a notable thorn in the side of U.S.-Russia relations since 2012—now is an opportune time to revisit why a Canadian rapprochement with Russia is in our national best interest. The most important thing to keep in mind when discussing this topic is that it concerns not

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