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By June 8, seven of the 10 candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party in Britain had been outed as former users of illegal drugs. This includes all three leading candidates for the job, Boris Johnson, left, Michael Gove, and Jeremy Hunt, one of whom will therefore almost certainly become prime minister next month. Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Brexit and drugs

Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
In the United States being white will usually make the police take a charitable view, but in the United Kingdom the best strategy is to say that you are planning to go into politics.
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
Terrorism here is a blessedly tiny problem and one that will most likely remain insignificant. The only real difference is what to do with the evidence when it comes time to lay criminal charges.
At this crucial moment, when other countries are deciding to step back from their international obligations on climate finance, Canada should step up and reaffirm that backsliding is unacceptable.
Opinion|By Lu Shaye
Who’s to blame for setbacks in U.S.-China talks? It’s self-evident, writes China's ambassador.
With its 94 calls to action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report provides a clear and robust framework for improved relations with Indigenous groups.
With the appointment of the first CORE, it is critical to proceed with the mandate originally proposed and implement processes consistent with the vision contained in the April 2019 order-in-council.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sure has to sharpen up his communications skills and not be a hypocrite.
Opinion|Susan Riley
But what about the planet? There's been too little room for a thoughtful, passionate defence of stringent environmental protections, unfettered by short-term economic considerations—before it's too late.
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.
In the United States being white will usually make the police take a charitable view, but in the United Kingdom the best strategy is to say that you are planning to go into politics.
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
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 Phil Gurski
When we throw out terms like genocide for what is happening now in Canada we dilute the concept.
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.
Foreign Policy
Many Indigenous peoples are demanding that the risk-assessment process be holistic and demonstrate how any proposed project will affect the well-being of the peoples for future generations.  
In his Facebook post, Liberal MP Geng Tan thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife, staff and constituents for their support during his parliamentary career.
'It’s game on. Buckle up, it’s going to be an extremely unpredictable election,’ says EKOS Research president Frank Graves.
A strengthened Coast Guard presence, the eventual settling of our UNCLOS claims and recognition of shared sovereignty and Inuit righths in the Arctic will help reinforce a cooperative approach to problem solving.
Educational attainment is correlated with higher earnings and employment rates in Indigenous communities, as well as better health, according to studies.
News|Neil Moss
The House of Commons International Trade Committee will have a pre-study on June 18 to hear from between 12 and 15 witnesses in preparation for the possibility that the committee will review Bill C-100 in the summer.
The Senate passed four priority government bills back to the House with amendments late last week.
Too often the lack of respectful response to concerns raised by Indigenous communities belies the importance this government says it places on its relationship with us.

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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