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A Canadian door-gunner surveys the ground below during a CH-146 Griffon helicopter flight near Erbil, Iraq on March 2, 2017 as part of Canada’s mission in the country. Photograph courtesy of U.S. Combat Camera

Amid U.S.-Iran brinksmanship, Canadian troops ought to leave Iraq

Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The root causes of the ongoing violent strife in Iraq will not be rectified by training thousands more young Iraqi males how to kill.
News|By Neil Moss
‘I've never seen that before, but it's doable,’ says Liberal MP Mark Eyking. But MPs still say the Americans should make the first move toward ratification.
Opinion|By Alex Neve
With only five sitting weeks to go, Parliamentarians face high expectations on bills on Indigenous languages and rights, environmental protection, and more.
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
The U.S. has plans to spend $100,000 per minute on the maintenance and expansion of nuclear weapons.
Opinion|Tim Powers
The openness of the retiring Supreme Court of Canada justice also affords the court an extra degree of credibility in showing how key societal institutions are connected to the rest of us.
Opinion|Erica Ifill
Maxime Bernier is deploying the tactics of toxic masculinity to publicly harass his former female caucus-mate.
Opinion|Paul Hagerman
It's now been more than 10 years since Canada fully untied its food aid to developing countries.
Hill Times Columnists

The root causes of the ongoing violent strife in Iraq will not be rectified by training thousands more young Iraqi males how to kill.
Iran’s army is about the same size as that of the United States, but it could quickly expand to 10 times that size with volunteers, as it did during the U.S.-backed Iraqi invasion of Iran in 1980-88.
Sure, people laughed when Barack Obama’s White House operating principle was revealed. Apparently, it needs to be revived and repeated. Over and over again.
John Bolton's extreme anti-globalist American-supremacy rhetoric might even be funny if he were just your ordinary crackpot and not the president’s national security adviser.
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
If the United States does attack, nobody will help Iran, even though every other signatory to the no-nukes treaty that Trump trashed knows (and says) that Iran has complied with its terms.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
We need to make it clear that groups of this ilk do not enjoy official sanction and that we as Canadians universally reject their views.
Opinion|By David Crane
If Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wins, the outlook could be even worse given his embrace of the Trump administration’s economic war with China, as set out in his recent foreign policy speech.
‘Even if we were to have an ambassador in Beijing, the person would have little access,’ says ex-envoy Guy Saint-Jacques.
Opinion|By Randolph Mank
If truth is the first casualty of war, diplomacy must not be the first casualty of troubled relations between nation states.
Canada and Sweden can ‘push the agenda’ on the world stage in the fight to protect democracy, Sweden's new envoy says.
Foreign Policy
‘This may keep individuals from participating in the political process,' says Ottawa lobbyist Scott Thurlow.
Senators have proposed dozens of changes to the Liberals' impact assessment and gun bills, have concerns about its solitary confinement legislation, and recommended its tanker-ban bill not proceed.
Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is set to get two new staffers straight out of Doug Ford's office, and a new caucus liaison and regional adviser for the Prairies.
Senators rejected staff-suggested changes to the rules governing how they spend money from their office budgets, in favour of examining the rules and coming up with their own changes.
The office’s work has ‘evolved in complexity, litigiousness, and level of scrutiny,’ says Nancy Bélanger.
While it only accounts for a small fraction of police-reported incidents, StatsCan noted in a report that human trafficking is on the rise. 

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.

Taiwan-Canada relations ‘on the rise,’ says rep at annual bash

Taiwan Night was the hot ticket in town last week, with dozens of Parliamentarians in attendance.

Peaceful transfer of power key to keeping international standing, says Kazakh envoy

After nearly 30 years in power, Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, resigned last month, but his ambassador in Ottawa says his priorities remain the same.
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