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Canada and the EU can shape globalization together

By Marie-Anne Coninsx      

At a time when many are seeking to build walls, the Atlantic partners can show leadership.

Chrystia Freeland, formerly Canada's trade minister, and Martin Schulz, then the EU Parliament's president, helped to finish off the Canada-EU trade agreement last year, and the deal was approved by the European Parliament in February. Photograph courtesy of the European Union

OTTAWA—On March 25, the European Union marked 60 years since the signature of the Rome Treaty and the creation of the European Communities. It was a defining moment in the history of European integration that ushered in an era of unprecedented peace, prosperity, and security that citizens of EU member states have enjoyed ever since.

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‘We should respect each other’: South Africa says notification not given before travel ban imposed

News|By Neil Moss
A Global Affairs spokesperson says the South African High Commission was notified on the same day that the travel ban was announced, which the mission disputes.

‘Against the flow’: critics question move by Canada’s largest investment fund to keep supporting big polluters

But the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board remains wary of any attempts to write climate concerns into its mandate.

Three years on, Canada delays naming an ambassador to the Holy See

News|By Neil Moss
Not having an ambassador to the Holy See sends a symbolic message, say former Canadian diplomats, but it may not make a practical difference compared to having the post represented by a chargé d'affaires.

Lobbyists concerned potential rule changes could hinder volunteer opportunities in campaigns

Proposed changes to the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct include a mandatory one-year cooling-off period for lobbyists following political activities such as door-to-door canvassing during an election campaign.

Feds should ‘tie a rope’ to health-care payments to address capacity problems, say MPs and experts

Increasing health-care spending, accrediting more foreign-trained health-care workers, and incentivizing frontline workers are solutions MPs and experts suggest to address Canada's challenged health-care capacity.

Liberal MPs want Trudeau to take on Quebec’s Bill 21, say he risks losing Grits’ base

News|By Abbas Rana
Quebec’s secularism law is a ‘political stink bomb’ for Justin Trudeau that could ‘unravel’ his political fortunes in Quebec, says pollster Nik Nanos.

Conservatives accuse Statistics Canada of keeping Consumer Price Index ‘artificially low’ at first Finance hearing on inflation

Conservative MP Adam Chambers questioned whether Statistics Canada was understating inflation by ‘shifting weights away’ from items that ‘have seen significant increases.'

Staffers’ return to Hill uncertain amid Omicron wave

Plans to physically return more staff to their Hill offices have been delayed by the spread of Omicron and recent lockdown restrictions in Ontario, according to an NDP spokesperson.

Taxing anti-vaxxers ‘controversial,’ but will help vaccinate more Quebecers and could help Legault’s October re-election bid, say some pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
But Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker says the Quebec government could face unanticipated consequences as a result of this policy.
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