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.
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.
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.
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.
We need an Indigenous governor general, and a set number of Senators, MPs, and Supreme Court judges representing Canada’s first peoples.