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Stories by Gar Pardy

Kovrig and Spavor: the injury continues

Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Canada can’t rely on the imaginary protections from U.S. assurances the detained Canadians are being treated as if they ‘were American citizens,’ and instead must deal directly with China.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
The exit would include some 3,500 American troops, and 18,000 American military contractors.
More than anything else, it will be the American economic relationship with China that will be the harbinger of the future.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
The spectacle of almost five years of effort by the United States and its allies to cobble together an exit strategy is but another large lesson in the futility of most of the wars of our times. 
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
China, of course, saw the effort for what it was. A meaningless gesture on the part of Canada to apply some undefined measure of pressure on the detention of the Canadians.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
The time has more than come for the Canadian government to accept its responsibility and initiate discussions with Beijing on seeing the three victims–Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor, and Meng Wanzhou–returned home.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
The ritualistic passing of Canadian responsibility to possible action by other countries is pure fantasy and a reflection of the sad state of Canadian public policy.
With the political stability of the last three decades or so, the Seychellois have emerged as one of the most prosperous of countries in the region.
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Opinion|By Gar Pardy
It is time for the Canadian government to accept the fact that it is well within its authority to negotiate their release in the coming weeks.
U.S. President Donald Trump, in the absoluteness of another victory at home, will preside over half-baked schemes as a mandate to be achieved. Top of the list will be China.
There always is a country or two or three with aspirations larger than the rest and which seek validation through conquest, influence, or claims to exceptionalism. 
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
A singular act by the government of Canada in successfully rescuing two Canadians from a political situation that it is party to will not change Canadians’ drive to travel.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Canadian extradition law includes a large and central political component. A judicial decision to extradite or not extradite is subject to final review and confirmation by the minister of justice.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Canada’s historically good relationship with China has also floundered in recent years, and in some ways, mirrors the recent Swedish experience. 
The report on consular services for Canadians overseas will only have meaning if reflected in appropriate action by the government.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
We need an Indigenous governor general, and a set number of Senators, MPs, and Supreme Court judges representing Canada’s first peoples.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
The historical racially based piecemeal approach to change in the relationship with Indigenous peoples needs a big rethink.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
If those involved in the design do not include those with expertise of the work that has to be done by the system, then there is no hope for a fix.
Rivals for Power measures the success of Canada's coming together through the lens of the country's accommodation of minorities.
With the Conservatives looking to resume hammering the government on its $10.5-million payment to Omar Khadr when Parliament returns Sept. 18, there’s room for more context in this debate.
Two recently released studies on workplace harassment don’t come as a surprise. The national police force needs reform.
Operation Medusa was nothing worth bragging about.
What is conceded today becomes the foundation for further concessions tomorrow.
Growing 'pre-clearance' authorities for U.S. border agents in Canada will be the foundation for future concessions.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Why the government has clung perilously to it when lives are in the balance is a complete mystery.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
If the Trump-Putin admiration is real, the Syrian and Iraq wars offer a chance for a common approach that could end the killing.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Extremists who beheaded two Canadians in the Philippines this week freed a Norwegian for whom a ransom was paid.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Some see both parties solidifying around the 45 per cent mark, with a plus or minus five points as being the float that can be influenced by the candidates and their campaigns.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Canada needs a better playbook to help residents and citizens in trouble abroad.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Canada must probe the casual way it went to war in Afghanistan.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
The growing fissures between the Netanyahu government and the Israeli armed forces are a sign of trouble to come.
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
There’s no evidence a single kidnapping has been prevented by the non-payment of ransom or non-negotiation with the kidnappers, says Gar Pardy.

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