The British recruited Canada's current G20 sherpa and former ambassador to the WTO to be its chief trade negotiator, according to three sources.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pushed his country towards a no-deal Brexit after Oct. 31, but there are questions about the start up of the U.K.'s Department for International Trade, as it tries to build a team of trade negotiators to independently finalize its first trade deals since it joined the EU in the 1970s. Photograph By Andrew Parsons, i-Images
The British government has tried to poach Canadians, including a senior ambassador, as it built a new trade negotiation team in the midst of its looming departure from the European Union.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.