Mike Blanchfield

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Canada takes its canola case against China to WTO

Canada has requested a formal meeting with China before the World Trade Organization to resolve a Chinese ban on Canadian canola shipments.

China uses arbitrary detentions as 'tool' to achieve 'political goals': Trudeau

China uses arbitrary detentions as a tool to achieve its international and domestic political goals, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

No decision on Huawei and 5G before fall federal election: Goodale

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canadians will have to wait until after this fall's federal election to find out whether Chinese tech giant Huawei can provide equipment for the country's next-generation 5G wireless network.

U.S. House breaks with no new NAFTA tabled for ratification. Now what?

The U.S. House of Representatives began its summer break today leaving the ratification of the new North American trade deal hanging, rekindling angst that a frustrated President Donald Trump will blow up the existing pact.

Trudeau pushes trade pact in EU summit as France moves ahead on CETA

Lawmakers in France begin their ratification of the comprehensive trade agreement between the European Union and Canada as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes the leaders of the 28-country bloc to Montreal today.

Cabinet docs detail Mulroney challenges on China after Tiananmen Square massacre

The Mulroney government grappled with what to do in a series of cabinet meetings 30 years ago this month, the details of which are now revealed in meeting minutes that have been released under access-to-information legislation.

Mulroney urges government to send Chrétien to China to win release of detainees

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney says the government should enlist a former prime minister to lead a high-powered delegation to China to win the release of two imprisoned Canadians — but not him.

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Central American migrants from Mexico

The United Nations is urging Canada to help ease Mexico's refugee burden by helping resettle some of the most vulnerable of its new arrivals, including women, children and LGBTQ people.

'Think about it': NATO researcher warns Canadians about the threat of foreign election meddling

Canadian voters have a duty to think critically about the news they consume as foreign-interference threats loom over the coming federal election, a leading NATO researcher says.

Canada calls on China at WTO council meeting to deliver evidence to back its canola ban

Canada has used a major World Trade Organization gathering to demand China deliver evidence that Canadian canola is contaminated.

Canada welcomes any U.S. help on dispute with China, says rural minister

A Nova Scotia cabinet minister says the federal government would welcome any help the United States could offer in helping Canada in its ongoing dispute with China.

UN official criticizes Canadian delays setting up corporate ethics watchdog

Canada's international reputation will be damaged if it doesn't give real power to its new watchdog on responsible corporate conduct, warns a United Nations rights watchdog.

Freeland says lifting U.S. tariffs must be part of ratification of new NAFTA

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is linking the lifting of "absurd" U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel to the ratification of the new North American free-trade deal.

Tories push for probe of political spat with China following 'absurd' canola ban

The House of Commons agriculture committee in Ottawa is debating a Conservative motion to compel testimony from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, International Trade Minister Jim Carr and Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to address what they say is a broader political crisis with China that's affecting the livelihoods of Canadian farmers.

Mexico pushing labour reform, won't ratify new NAFTA with U.S. tariffs in place

​Mexico's Congress will be asked to approve a major labour reform bill this spring as a necessary step to ratifying the new NAFTA later this autumn, say Mexican officials.