How important foreign policy will be in the election outcome remains to be seen. But it seems unlikely that Trudeau’s interactional activities will be a big positive for him. He’s no longer Mr. Cool on the world stage.
Improving lives for women and children is non-controversial, but Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s dispute with Saudi Arabia over its treatment of women has had economic and political consequences. The Hill Times photograph bty Andrew Meade
TORONTO—Foreign policy does not seem destined to be a major issue in this year’s federal election. Canadians will likely be more concerned with the state of the economy, carbon taxes, climate change, and pipelines. But it will still be there.
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The prime minister said construction on the pipeline is scheduled to begin this summer. He was less clear about whether more pipelines will be needed, or how the government will recover the cost of the Trans Mountain.
The House of Commons International Trade Committee will have a pre-study on June 18 to hear from between 12 and 15 witnesses in preparation for the possibility that the committee will review Bill C-100 in the summer.
The risk for Andrew Scheer is that the Liberals will try to connect Doug Ford to Andrew Scheer and then try to connect that to hidden agenda, that’s not flattering to Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives,’ says Nik Nanos.