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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Gerald Butts has removed himself from the daily political grind of strategizing how to keep the Liberals in power. But observers say it's unlikely he will be consigned to watch the campaign unfold from the sidelines.
SNC-Lavalin risks a takeover if it's convicted. But aside from likely outrage in Quebec, Ottawa can find other builders for its infrastructure plans if the company is banned from bidding on federal contracts, experts say
The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.