Canada’s Trudeau to skip Castro’s funeral

Canada’s Trudeau to skip Castro’s funeral

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not attend the funeral of Fidel Castro, his office said on Monday, days after Trudeau’s praise of the late Cuban leader sparked a backlash. Governor General David Johnston, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Canada, will attend a commemoration in honor of Castro on Tuesday, at the request of Trudeau. […]

EU, Canada kept waiting on trade deal as Belgium fails to break deadlock

EU, Canada kept waiting on trade deal as Belgium fails to break deadlock

Belgian politicians failed to break their deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement on Wednesday, but agreed to resume talks on Thursday in a sign they may be nearing a consensus that would keep the deal alive. The news prompted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call off plans to fly to Brussels on […]

EU-Canada trade deal collapses as Belgian region refuses to sign on

EU-Canada trade deal collapses as Belgian region refuses to sign on

Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland blasted the European Union as “incapable” of striking an international agreement after talks for an EU-Canada trade deal collapsed Friday over the refusal of a Belgian region to sign on. “It seems obvious to me, to Canada, that the European Union is incapable now of having aninternational agreement, even with […]

EU-Canada free trade deal threatened by French-speaking Belgian region

EU-Canada free trade deal threatened by French-speaking Belgian region

Pressure has mounted on the Belgian government to save a landmark EU-Canada free trade agreement after the small French-speaking region of Wallonia essentially torpedoed the deal by voting to reject it. Supporters of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) say the deal will boost theEuropean Union economy by €12 billion ($13.4 billion) a year […]

Canada pledges more UN peacekeepers in bid for UN role

Canada pledges more UN peacekeepers in bid for UN role

Canada has announced it will step up its contribution to UN peacekeeping operations, a stark departure from previous government policy, which shunned international involvement. The government has said it will commit 600 troops and Can$450 million (US$350 million) over three years to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations around the world. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said […]

Trudeau rules out France-style burkini ban in Canada

Trudeau rules out France-style burkini ban in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday defended individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance when asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban. “We should be past tolerance in Canada,” Trudeau told reporters after meeting with his ministers to plan the government’s legislative agenda. Some lawmakers in Canada’s […]

Canada exploring gender-neutral identity cards

Canada exploring gender-neutral identity cards

Canada is exploring the use of gender-neutral options on identity cards, Justin Trudeau told a television station on Sunday as he became the first Canadian prime minister to march in a gay pride parade. Trudeau, who participated in the downtown Toronto parade along with other politicians, did not give details, saying only the government was […]

US, Canada, Mexico defend free trade amid Brexit, rise of Trump

US, Canada, Mexico defend free trade amid Brexit, rise of Trump

Canada, the United States and Mexico on Wednesday mounted a fierce defence of free trade, vowing to deepen economic ties despite an increasingly acrimonious debate about the value of globalization. US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also took swipes at US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has vowed to renegotiate […]