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Syrian security situation used as guise for not having political will to repatriate detained Canadians, say experts

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'I think [the Canadian government] needs to demonstrate a stronger case that there is a real security problem and it has never been able to do so,' says former diplomat Daniel Livermore.
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Stewart Wheeler says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's virtual meeting with new U.S. President Joe Biden was a way to use technology to start building a relationship with the new administration.
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There are a 'whole series of very complicated questions that nobody is talking about,' says border expert Edward Alden on the lack of planning for an eventual border reopening.
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'The person doing the redactions should be an independent, non-partisan person who doesn't have conflicts of interest that government officials have,' says Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher.
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Parliamentarians held calls with 25 members of Congress in their first meetings of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group with the 117th Congress.
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Bill C-18 passed through the Senate in two days without a formal committee study, nor a pre-study of the Canada-U.K. transitional trade deal.
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Greek Ambassador Konstantina Athanassiadou says there is political will in Athens to ratify Canada's free trade pact with the European Union.
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Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau has yet to take an international trip since his appointment to the post in January.
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Ambassador Cong Peiwu says that MPs who voted for the Feb. 22 motion to recognize the Uyghur genocide did so to 'secure political gains' and said allegations of genocide are 'lies of the century.'
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The 'Ambassador of Note' distinction is given to envoys that were involved in an 'ongoing activity or a single major event' that had 'significant impact on Canadian foreign policy or on how Canada was seen in the world.'
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Canada and the U.K. have agreed to 'strive to conclude' a comprehensive trade deal by 2024, but without a sunset clause, the current transitional pact could be in place for years to come.
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The special committee was created through a Conservative motion that was backed by the Liberals, Bloc, and NDP. Nearly half of the members of the committee are members of the International Trade Committee.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria says the Feb. 10 call between Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and Narendra Modi was 'very positive.'
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Former Canadian ambassador Ferry de Kerckhove says the declaration is a recouping of the 'past glory' of Canada's multilateral work on the international stage.
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While the federal government says Davie shipyard has received $2.1-billion as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy since 2015, a spokesperson for the shipyard says the sum is actually around $300-million.
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The Defence Committee's study into sexual misconduct allegations of Jonathan Vance has the potential to crumble into partisan finger pointing.
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Mehmet Tohti, executive director of Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project, says a recognition of genocide from Canada is 'long overdue.'
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'It would lessen the pressures on the chief justice and on the court,' says former top court judge Louis LeBel on appointing a new governor general 'more quickly.'
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A political appointee, the Ottawa posting is Rodolfo Robles' first. He was previously selected to be the Philippines' permanent representative to the UN until the appointment stalled.
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As Ottawa has been championing the need for decreased protectionism during the pandemic, an exemption from Biden's Buy American regime could result in Canada acquiescing to the same trade barriers it is fighting.
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The 13 interparliamentary associations haven't been able to travel or host foreign delegations since last March, but their work has continued virtually with some technical issues.
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A tough, bipartisan American approach on China could put additional pressure on Canada, but questions loom over whether Joe Biden's campaign rhetoric will be met with White House action.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Ambassador Weibert Arthus says working as a diplomat during the pandemic has been 'very difficult' and submitting his letter of credence virtually was 'really, really bizarre.'
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With Garneau's appointment as foreign affairs minister, the 'big message' to Biden in Washington is 'we have somebody here who can work with you' and who 'understands you,' says Carleton professor Fen Olser Hampson.
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The new mandate letters add new priorities to the instructions given to cabinet ministers in the 2019 mandate letters.
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A potential Serbian accession to the EU could be attractive to Canada, as the new ambassador says it would be 'very much' interested in accessing the Canada-EU free trade pact.
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'We simply have to find the bandwidth for the joint committee to meet virtually or in a hybrid format,' says Independent Senator Yuen Pau Woo, who is designated to become co-chair of the Scrutiny of Regulations Joint Co
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The NCC has proposed building six new embassies in the Mechanicsville neighbourhood, which would increase the diplomatic presence west of downtown Ottawa.
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Canada is ‘deeply shocked’ by the mob that stormed Capitol Hill, says Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau notes his ‘concern.’
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The $1.39-billion renewal of the Middle East strategy that was announced in the 2019 budget lapses at the end of the current fiscal year.
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'An illegitimate election [on] Dec. 6 cannot result in a legitimate new assembly,' says Venezuelan Ambassador Orlando Viera-Blanco.
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With the expiration of the hybrid Parliament arrangement on Dec. 11, any House recall or committee meetings in the winter break will have to be conducted in person.

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