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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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.