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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.
Top Trudeau adviser Telford targeted in ex-Israel ambassador's lawsuit
One week after losing his right-hand man Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top political aide — chief of staff Katie Telford — faces allegations she intentionally inflicted mental suffering on an ex-ambassador.
Canadian election observers arrive in Ukraine amid fears of Russian meddling
The first waves of Canadian election monitors have arrived in Ukraine, as fears rise over Russian meddling in the March 31 presidential ballot.
Hundreds of ex-slaves in Libya coming to Canada, immigration minister says
More than a year after the United Nations asked countries to take in refugees living in slavery in Libya, Canada has begun resettling hundreds of them, the UN and the federal government said Wednesday.
Canada wants Lima Group meeting to keep pressure on Maduro to step down
Canada and its Lima Group allies will use their Monday meeting in Ottawa to find new ways — including financial — to support the Venezuelan opposition and ease the refugee crisis in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia.
Cuba criticizes Canada's diplomatic downsize after another diplomat falls ill
The Cuban government is criticizing Canada's decision on Wednesday to halve its embassy staff after a 14th Canadian fell ill to an unexplained illness in Havana.