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Freeland reappointment Viewed as critical to momentum Canada’s priorities with China, Venezuela

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Freeland reappointment Viewed as critical to momentum Canada’s priorities with China, Venezuela

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But she has distinguished herself just about any document she has managed, be it Russia and Ukraine or forming a feminist foreign policy. “Freeland is a superb member of this cabinet with extensive foreign experience along with an established record of success in as foreign minister,” explained Charles Burton, a former diplomat and sometimes critic of the Trudeau government who’s presently a senior fellow in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

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“I actually can’t imagine anyone more powerful than Chrystia Freeland to entrust with Canada’s interests overseas so I expect that that’s the choice. “Freeland is held in high regard by people outside the country too.

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“All of this gives her something that is nearly irreplaceable. Whoever comes in, if they do replace her, might have to work pretty hard to obtain the identical amount of influence that she has managed to have,” Sands said.But the momentum that Freeland has worked hard to construct for much of the year on two important documents — the arrested Canadians in China and supporting democracy in Venezuela — could be at risk of stalling, partly as a consequence of the national election and partly on account of the duration of time — four weeks — Trudeau is taking between election day and his cabinet swearing-in.

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“We have lost momentum. It is correct,” stated Burton. “I think recent announcements by the Chinese authorities imply a high degree of discontent with Justin Trudeau. I think they had expected them to be more compliant he interfere in the process. “That judicial process, of course, is the impending extradition of Chinese federal Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the United States.

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Days after Canada’s election reasoned , the Global Times, a tabloid-style English-language news bureau controlled by China’s communist authorities, issued what Carleton University Prof. Stephanie Carvin described on Twitter as a”ransom note” when it tweeted:”Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau needs to take the initiative to place free Ms Meng Wanzhou. After Meng gets back to China and reunite with her family members relations between Beijing and Ottawa will heat up. On Friday, in Ottawa, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette will officially receive the credentials of the new Chinese ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu. Payette will also receive the credentials of Orlando Viera Blanco, the ambassador for Venezuela’s interim president Juan Guaido.

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Now, with all the new ambassadors set up, all Trudeau have to do is confirm Freeland as his foreign ministry to recover Canadian momentum on both documents. “I think it is likely but not certain that Chrystia Freeland will be reappointed to her position as foreign minister. She’s done a terrific job in that cabinet position,” explained Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based global trade attorney.

Global News has obtained dozens of records through access-to-information requests, that reveal the majority of the discussions Freeland has had with Canada’s international partners and allies involve building consensus behind Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido and freeing two Canadians, in Global Affairs Canada. Her aides confirmed that while action 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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Still, Kovrig and Spavor are quickly approaching their first anniversary in Chinese detention, while Guaido lately turned to China and Russia for help.The documentary record obtained by Global News reveals Freeland quickly started seeking global support for Canada’s place on China when the”2 Michaels,” as some from the department started talking to these, were taken into custody in December 2018.

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There was A call one she had with Stef Blok, foreign affairs minister of the Netherlands.

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The top-line messages from that briefing note were”This wasn’t a decision related to our relationship with China.” “China’s response to the Meng case is deeply about, including the detention of two Canadian citizens. Such behavior harms China’s standing and our spiritual dialogue.” “Canada greatly [appreciates] all messages of support from its allies and partners regardless of timing. “The briefing note afterward encourages Freeland to create an additional point with Blok:”China, such as Huawei itself, must have assurance that Ms. Meng is going to be treated fairly in Canadian courts. This is a key reputational problem for China. It is important that the worldwide community stand up to such behavior.”
In reality, they are totally consistent with all her public announcements in the time.These top messages were repeated time and time again in telephone calls and meetings Freeland had international partners in the months leading up to the election.

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A briefing note prepared for Freeland a Jan. 14 telephone call with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, by way of example, contained identical language to the Blok briefing note. In late January, there was also a call on Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom.And since Freeland pushed Canada’s agenda on China and, later, on Venezuela, she had been having to adapt”asks” from those she had been calling.

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Lots of Poland’s”inquires” are blacked out from the briefing note for the call with Czaputowicz, but it seems Poland’s interests at the time were about Ukraine and the NATO battle group in Latvia.Freeland has been 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 status as a diplomat — he had been on a leave of absence from his government employment when he had been arrested — had been violated. “This ought to heighten concern regarding his detention,” the briefing note given to Freeland reads.

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Freeland placed a call on German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas soon afterwards Kovrig and Spavor were arrested in December and talked to him about the telephone back on Jan. 31. The focus of the January call was to assemble support for the Lima Group’s job on Venezuela. The briefing note for this call says Canada’s”key ask” has been”that Germany continues to support interim president Juan Guaido along with the National Assembly in the face of Nicolas Maduro’s illegitimate brand new presidential term; which Germany encourage further actions by the European Union, such as recognition of Guaido.”

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However, though the late January call with Maas is largely about Venezuela, Freeland has been encouraged, as part of her top-line messages, to thank Germany for its support of Canada’s position vis-a-vis China.By this moment, Freeland is also having to reassure her allies regarding statements made by John McCallum, who had been fired by Trudeau from his occupation as Canada’s ambassador to China on Jan. 25 for suggesting there was a political quid pro quo solution that could be pursued.

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“There has not been any political involvement in the process,” Freeland was encouraged to tell the German foreign ministry. “Canada is conducting a fair, unbiased and transparent legal proceedings in regards 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 appear to have remained Freeland’s top priority across all her global interactions for much of this initial part of the year, her job with the Lima Group on Venezuela was additionally important.She spent considerable time working European connections to place more tension to the Maduro regime.On Feb. 26, by way of example, she talked to Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy. The note prepared for Freeland before the call listed a top-line message that read:”Canada supports the EU to consider implementing additional targeted sanctions to boost pressure 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, perhaps most importantly, to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Global Affairs Canada has been requested to deliver the aforementioned briefing notes along with others in midsummer, and some were released in September and October, most with mild to moderate redactions made by authorities censors.However, briefing notes prepared for many of Freeland’s interactions with different leaders still haven’t been released, despite requests to allow them in midsummer. Are phone calls and meetings with all the foreign ministers of Denmark, Cuba, Mali, Ghana, Jordan, Portugal, Israel and Egypt and and followup midsummer calls with Mogherini and Pompeo.


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