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Canada continues to diplomatically press China on Hong Kong, two Michaels—is it working?

By Neil Moss      

Since April 21, Canadian officials have highlighted concern over the situation in Hong Kong in more than 25 meetings and calls with the Chinese and Hong Kong governments.

Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi is pictured meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016. Mr. Wang met with Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne on Aug. 25, during which Mr. Champagne raised the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. PMO photograph by Adam Scotti

Canada has continuously talked about the declining democratic shift in Hong Kong and the detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with Chinese officials, but experts say the words need to be met with action.

Neil Moss

Neil Moss is a reporter at The Hill Times covering federal politics, foreign policy, and defence. 
- nmoss@hilltimes.com

Government adds $79-billion to expected spending, pushing annual total to $476-billion, and counting

The government has asked Parliament to approve $21-billion in new spending through the latest supplementary estimates. It says $15-billion of the total is to fight the pandemic.

‘It’s going to be a long time’: tens of thousands of federal public servants still working from home, eight months into pandemic and no end in sight

Treasury Board provided 'evergreen guidance' to deputy heads of departments in the spring, which included consideration of a possible resurgence in positive cases and the re-tightening of restrictions.

RCMP neck-hold review ‘ongoing’ four months after Lucki’s promise

RCMP headquarters began tracking the use of the 'carotid control hold' by its officers nationwide in September. It has been used once since then, says a spokesperson.

Feds inch closer to Phoenix replacement as Heritage Canada tapped for exploratory phase of Next Generation HR and pay system

News|By Mike Lapointe
Heritage was selected as the department for this project because it includes a good representation of the kinds of complexities that an HR and pay system is going to have to grapple with, according to Minister Murray.

Trudeau’s precedent-setting move on test of confidence ‘takes away’ from feds’ work responding to pandemic, say politicos

Last week's high-stakes political drama drew more attention to the 'repeated ethics scandals' of the Liberals, says Najib Jutt, a political strategist with Edmonton-based Statecraft Partners.

Trudeau’s precedent-setting move on test of confidence suggests he’s willing ‘to take things to the brink’ of a snap election, say politicos

'The government has, for now, established that it’s willing to take things to the brink, if it has to, and it’s not afraid of an election,' says Queen's University professor Kathy Brock.

Liberal MP Lamoureux continues prolific speaking record, raising opposition ire

‘I’m living the dream,’ says Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux of his regular House of Commons presence. With more than 550 House interventions so far this Parliament, he’s second only to the Speaker.

‘It’s an ongoing battle’: Bob Rae’s push to move the needle on human rights at the UN

News|By Neil Moss
'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.

In parliamentary ‘game of chicken,’ NDP side with Liberals to defeat Conservative motion, averting snap election

News|By Beatrice Paez
The nail-biter 146-180 vote came down in large part to the NDP. Its 24 representatives voted alongside the Liberals and the Greens’ three-member caucus in defeating a Conservative motion.
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