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China's outgoing ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye, who spoke to reporters at the Chinese embassy on Jan. 17 about Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, is expected to leave Ottawa later this month for a post in Paris, according to media reports. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Departing Chinese ambassador on career ‘fast-track,’ rhetoric worsened relations, say former diplomats

Canada has been without an ambassador in China for five months, during a time when relations with China have deteriorated. Now there’s reports Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye is set to depart for a new post.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
To be blunt, the only thing that outweighs the absurdity of the official White House statement on the new travel restrictions is the hypocrisy.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In normal circumstances, beating Trump in 2020 would be a laugher. But again, in normal circumstances, he wouldn’t be … you know.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
When we throw out terms like genocide for what is happening now in Canada we dilute the concept.
Three important pieces of legislation sit in the Senate today, subject to the whim of a small group of Senators, which is a gross undermining of the democratic process.
Opinion|Tim Powers
The prime minister may apologize too much, but Andrew Scheer also needs more than words.
Hill Times Columnists

To be blunt, the only thing that outweighs the absurdity of the official White House statement on the new travel restrictions is the hypocrisy.
They may be special forces troops and secret police, left over from the old dictatorship and long rewarded for abusing and murdering the old regime’s enemies, who will gladly serve a new dictatorship.
In normal circumstances, beating Trump in 2020 would be a laugher. But again, in normal circumstances, he wouldn’t be … you know.
Treat the public like a bunch of dazzled rubes, avoid annoying demands for consultation and advance information, personal grudges are as good a basis for public policy as anything else, and other lessons from year one.
The report on consular services for Canadians overseas will only have meaning if reflected in appropriate action by the government.
Foreign Policy
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Sudanese Professionals Association is calling for a campaign of 'sweeping civil disobedience to topple the treacherous and killer military council,' but unless it can take back control of the streets, it’s all over.
Opinion|By David Crane
The route to better policy is through public engagement. But this seems to be the last thing the Trudeau government wants.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Regardless of how the latest U.S.-Mexico tension unfolds, the takeaway for Canada is that the outcome of the NAFTA redo forced by Trump is as unpredictable as ever.
The Heads of Mission Spouses Association is planning a June 11 charity event for the Wabano Centre, helping raise funds for school supplies for 50 children.
The image of a man staring down a column of tanks in Beijing 30 years ago is an indestructible tribute to what the tanks of D-Day were defending 45 years earlier.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
Think how many people would rejoice in his victory: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Muhammad bin Salman, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Emmanuel Macron. If all those wise men like it, who are we to say otherwise?
Foreign Policy
Despite increasing awareness of the threat plastic poses to the environment, Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie, said he expects there will be some resistance from consumers.
Plus, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May plans to hold a presser in West Block in response to the Alberta government's lobbying campaign on the TMX pipeline, ahead of the government's announcement of its decision on the project's fate next week.
Plus, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair are huddling in B.C. with their provincial and territorial counterparts to discuss efforts to fight money laundering.
Treasury Board President Joyce Murray says it’s ‘too soon to say’ which or how many vendors will be tapped to provide new public servant payment services.
The amendments would respect the rights of the coastal First Nation and give Alberta hope for exporting heavy oil from the coast, says the Independent Senator from Alberta.
News|Neil Moss
Forum Research's interactive voice response telephone poll is based on 1,633 randomly selected responses from May 31 to June 2. It has a margin of error of three per cent 19 times out of 20.
On virtually every measurable development indicator—including poverty, hunger, education, and health—rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women.
No parent should have to bury a child, but it’s not an uncommon tragedy. The subject of death is not one that should be avoided, or hidden in the shadows.

Israel envoy announces departure, welcomes free trade agreement

A bill to modernize the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, first signed in 1997, received royal assent on May 27.

Former Swedish Speaker switches gears to become ambassador

Canada and Sweden can ‘push the agenda’ on the world stage in the fight to protect democracy, Sweden's new envoy says.

Canada’s corporate ethics watchdog a ‘positive tool,’ says incoming Mexican ambassador

Mexico is ‘on the same page,’ says Juan José Gómez Camacho, with Canadian mining companies, which make up 70 per cent of foreign investment in the sector.

French Embassy’s Ambassador for a Day program aims to shatter glass ceiling

It helps to have women like French Ambassador Kareen Rispal ‘open the door,’ says the program’s first student Juliana Trapolino.
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