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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.

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Conservatives vow to not ‘roll over’ as ‘procedural warfare’ dominates House proceedings

News|By Stuart Benson
With parliamentary shenanigans and 'procedural warfare' at an all-time high, House of Commons opposition party leaders don't seem to have any interest in de-escalation heading into the final weeks of sittings.

Poilievre using cryptocurrency to attract the disaffected, radicalized in Conservative race, say experts

News|By Dennis Kovtun
Crypto is a symbol of the anger, frustration, and sense of isolation ‘very prevalent’ in Canadians politics, and Pierre Poilievre is ‘trying to harness the angst’ for his political benefit, says strategist Tim Powers.

Stretched thin: Resources to support committees strained amid virtual format, late-night sittings

A total of 13 parliamentary committee meetings were cancelled last week, with MPs citing limited support resources as the main cause.

Experts call for more federal action on neglected trade infrastructure as Canada falls in international rankings

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Spending hasn’t kept pace with the rate at which infrastructure is being strained and in many instances wearing out,' says Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty.

Charest’s campaign says it expects to raise more than $2-million in fundraising as leadership race could double party memberships

News|By Stuart Benson
Despite reports that Conservative Party memberships could nearly double by the end of the leadership race as compared to 2020, party leaders aren’t concerned about mail-in-ballot delays.

Time to stop ‘pussy-footing around’ racism: ‘When do we draw the line?’ ask Black Liberal MPs

News|By Chelsea Nash
White supremacy is on the rise globally, and the data shows Canada is far from exempt.

Heated Conservative leadership race could cause ‘some bleed,’ but desire to win government will keep party united, say strategists

Strategists agree that a desire to surpass the Liberals in the next federal election will likely override any division within the Conservative Party after the leadership race concludes next September.

Environmental lobbying leads for third month in April, including discussions about Senate environment bills

Senate bills with environmental implications drew attention in April from Environmental Defence.

Feds reclassified Trans Mountain as a ‘non-agent’ Crown corporation to avoid parliamentary scrutiny, says NDP critic

The government-owned pipeline company can now obtain third-party financing without seeking parliamentary approval.
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