China is still unable to understand that Canada's legal process is separate from its governmental process, says former diplomat Charles Burton.
Chinese ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu, pictured on March 12, 2020, in a sit-down interview with The Hill Times at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, said Canada must take ‘concrete steps’ on the ‘outstanding issue’ of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to bring the bilateral relationship ‘back to track.’
The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
China’s ambassador in Ottawa says Canada needs to take “concrete steps” to improve the Canadian-Chinese relationship, but would not say if China shares that responsibility.
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While a ‘missed opportunity’ in the earlier days of the pandemic, some observers worry tying strings to provincial and territorial access to potentially life-saving vaccines could be seen as ‘unethical.’
With so much of everyday life migrating online due to the pandemic, says Michael Edwards of Sussex Strategy, the potential for engaging political supporters who weren’t initially comfortable doing transactions has grown.
Conservatives say sending the bill to the Ethics Committee is an attempt to distract the committee from its ongoing work on the WE Charity controversy, while Liberals say Ethics is the natural spot for a privacy bill.
‘I don’t need to hear from Chrystia Freeland … about their most recent budget for 90 minutes in order to understand the decision about prorogation,’ says NDP MP Daniel Blaikie of a Liberal-suggested compromise.