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The many stages of Chrystia Freeland

By Jeremy Kinsman      

Veteran diplomat Jeremy Kinsman first met Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland over dinner at a mutual friend’s apartment in Moscow in the tumultuous early 1990s, when he was Canada’s ambassador to Russia and she was a young journalist. Since that moment, he has seen her dance on a tabletop at the Hungry Duck pub, provoke Vladimir Putin, finesse Donald Trump, and become the most powerful woman in Canada. It’s been a trip.

Then-foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured on March 18, 2019, on her way into a press conference at the National Press Building to talk about the military extension of missions in Ukraine and northern Iraq. 'As evidence mounted over the course of the last year that the prime minister’s judgment could use buttressing from people with significant experience, he called on Chrystia Freeland to step up as a clear No. 2 in the country. He needs her help,' writes Jeremy Kinsman. The Hll Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Jeremy Kinsman is a former Canadian ambassador to Russia, and the EU, and high commissioner to the U.K. He is a distinguished fellow of the Canadian International Council. This piece has been reprinted with permission from the January/February issue of Policy magazine, edited by L. Ian MacDonald. This piece was edited by Lisa Van Dusen. 

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