China, Venezuela was Viewed as Crucial to momentum Canada’s priorities Together with by freeland reappointment

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has many crucial decisions to make as he attempts to unveil his new cabinet on Nov. 20, but none may be more significant for Canada’s standing in the world compared to his decision regarding the foreign affairs minister.The incumbent is Chrystia Freeland, whose most celebrated file during Trudeau’s first year was the successful resolution of discussions on the new NAFTA. However she has distinguished herself on practically any file she’s managed, be it Russia and Ukraine or shaping a feminist foreign policy.

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“I really can’t imagine anyone stronger than Chrystia Freeland to entrust with Canada’s interests abroad so I hope that that’s the choice. “Freeland is held in high regard by people outside the nation too.

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Christopher Sands, the Washington-based manager for the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, stated Freeland’s pre-political profession as an international journalist, combined with her work as foreign affairs minister, has given her a network and an influence exceptional one of Canadian foreign ministers. “All of that gives her something that’s almost irreplaceable. Whoever comes in, if they do replace her, might need to work pretty difficult to obtain the identical level of influence that she’s managed to possess,” Sands said.But the momentum which Freeland has worked hard to build for a lot of the year on two key documents — the arrested Canadians in China and encouraging democracy in Venezuela — could be in danger of stalling, partially as a consequence of the federal election and partially due to the length of time — four weeks — Trudeau is taking between election day and his cabinet swearing-in.

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“We’ve lost momentum. It is true,” stated Burton. “I think recent statements by the Chinese authorities suggest a high level of discontent with Justin Trudeau. I think they had expected them to be much more compliant that he intervene in the process. “That judicial process, of course, is the impending extradition of Chinese federal Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the USA.

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Once Meng gets back to China and reunite with her family members, frigid relations between Beijing and Ottawa will warm up. Payette will obtain the credentials of Orlando Viera Blanco, the ambassador for the interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido.

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With the newest ambassadors in place, all Trudeau have to do is confirm Freeland as his foreign ministry to recover momentum . “I think that it is possible but not sure that Chrystia Freeland will be reappointed to her position as foreign minister. She’s done a great job in that cabinet position,” said Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based international trade lawyer.

Global News has obtained dozens of records in Global Affairs Canada, via requests, which show the majority of the discussions Freeland has had with Canada’s international partners and partners involve freeing two Canadians and constructing consensus supporting Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido. Her aides confirmed that while activity on Venezuela has ebbed and flowed throughout the year, there has been the arrested Canadians and a continuous focus on China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

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However, Kovrig and Spavor are fast approaching their first anniversary in Chinese detention, while Guaido recently turned to China and Russia to get help.The documentary record acquired by Global News reveals Freeland quickly started seeking international support for Canada’s place on China when the”two Michaels,” as a few from the section began referring to them, were taken into custody in December 2018.

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A call was one she had with Stef Blok, foreign affairs minister of the Netherlands. A briefing note prepared for Freeland on Jan. 7 before that call lists three top-line messages her officers wanted her to deliver to the Dutch roughly Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou and China’s subsequent detention of Kovrig and Spavor along with the re-sentencing of some third Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, who was serving jail time in China to get a drug offence, to a departure sentence.

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The top-line messages from that briefing notice were:”This was not a decision related to our relationship with China.” “China’s reaction to the Meng situation is deeply concerning, including the detention of two Canadian citizens. Such behavior harms China’s reputation and our bilateral dialogue.” “Canada greatly [appreciates] all messages of support from its allies and partners regardless of timing. “The briefing note afterward motivates Freeland to create an extra point with Blok:”China, such as Huawei itself, should have confidence that Ms. Meng will be treated fairly in Canadian courts. This really is a reputational issue for China. It’s necessary that the international community stand up to such behavior.”
In reality, they are totally consistent with her public statements at the time.These top messages were repeated again and again in phone calls and meetings Freeland had international partners in the months leading up to the election.

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In late January, there was also a call to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom.And as Freeland pushed Canada’s agenda on China and, afterwards, on Venezuela, she had been having to adapt”asks” from those she had been calling.

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Many of Poland’s”asks” are blacked out from the briefing notice for the call with Czaputowicz, but it seems Poland’s interests at the time were more about Ukraine and the NATO battle group in Latvia.Freeland was advised that Sweden’s Wallstrom will be pushing Canada to do more to fight climate change and promote human rights and democracy.For a call from late December with French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Freeland is encouraged to stress the point that Kovrig’s standing as a diplomat — he had been on a leave of absence from his administration employment when he had been arrested — was violated. “This should heighten concern regarding his detention,” the briefing note given to Freeland reads.

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Freeland put a call to German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas shortly afterwards Kovrig and Spavor were arrested in December and spoke to him on the phone again on Jan. 31. The big attention of the January call was supposed to assemble support for the work of the Lima Group on Venezuela. The briefing notice for that call says Canada’s”key ask” was”that Germany has been support interim president Juan Guaido along with the National Assembly in the face of Nicolas Maduro’s illegitimate new presidential term; and that Germany encourage further actions by the European Union, such as recognition of Guaido.”

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“There has been no political involvement in the process,” Freeland was encouraged to tell the German foreign minister. “Canada is running a fair, impartial and clear legal proceeding with respect to Ms. Meng, which includes the capability for people to mount a vigorous defence before a court of law.”
View this document on ScribdWhile China along with the detention of Kovrig and Spavor seem to have remained Freeland’s top priority across all her international interactions for much of the first part of the year, her work with the Lima Group on Venezuela was additionally important.She spent considerable time working European connections to place more pressure to the Maduro regime.On Feb. 26, for example, she spoke to Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy. The note prepared for Freeland before that call recorded a top-line message which read:”Canada supports the EU to think about implementing further targeted sanctions to boost strain on the Maduro regime.” There were similar calls by Freeland in the late winter — often with a Venezuela-China one-two punch — to Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and, possibly above all, to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Global Affairs Canada was requested to deliver the aforementioned briefing notes along with many others in midsummer, and a few were released in September and October, many with moderate to moderate redactions produced by authorities censors.However, briefing notes prepared for a lot of Freeland’s interactions with different leaders have not yet been released, despite requests to allow them in midsummer. Are meetings and phone calls with followup midsummer calls with Mogherini and Pompeo as well as and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Cuba, Mali, Ghana, Jordan, Portugal, Israel and Denmark.



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