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Freeland meets Chinese foreign minister for first time, says she discussed detained Canadians and Meng Wanzhou

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has met with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for the first time since Beijing arrested two Canadians last December in what critics have called acts of “hostage diplomacy.” The discussion between Ms. Freeland and Mr. Wang took place Friday on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Bangkok.

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After months of failing to get a face-to-face meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Chrystia Freeland is touting a 20 minute discussion with Mr. Wang Yi as a positive step. Freeland admitted the Sino-Canadian relationship is complicated at the moment. Nonetheless, the arbitrary detention of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig remains the most pressing foreign affairs issue facing the Trudeau government.

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Capital One hack leaves private data of 6 million Canadians at risk

Capital One Financial Corp. says the personal information of more than 100 million customers, including six million in Canada, was obtained by a hacker.

July 30, 2019
National Newswatch

Conservative government would work to restore ties with Saudi Arabia

Erin O'Toole, the Conservative critic for foreign affairs, said in an interview they would try to "win some trust" with Saudi Arabia by focusing on improving commercial ties and by offering more aid, development and refugee support in the Gulf region. O’Toole acknowledged that for some Canadians, re-establishing ties with Saudi Arabia will be a tough sell following Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

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A year ago, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland criticized the Saudi government via Twitter, calling for the release of women's rights activists. Saudi Arabia responded days later by "suspending diplomatic ties with Canada, expelling the Canadian ambassador, and recalling its own envoy from Ottawa". Then, the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

To O'Toole's point, he made the statement because he believes that communication and diplomacy in areas that it considers of mutual interest can be beneficial to both countries. Expect Freeland to come out against O'Toole's comments and once again call for an independent international investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

Associated Press

U.S. to allow importation of prescription drugs from Canada amid conerns the high demand could overwhelm Canada's supply system

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, weakening a longstanding ban that had stood as a top priority for the politically powerful pharmaceutical industry.

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Last week, 15 organizations, including the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the Canadian Medical Association, wrote a letter to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor warning of the potential for increasing drug shortages. The signatories urged Ottawa to take action to head off Americans' "draining of Canada's medicine supply."

Today's announcement is directly in line with the number one issue that dominated the Democratic debates last night: Health Care. Senator Bernie Sanders made an appearance in Windsor on Sunday to highlight the exorbitant drug prices in his country. The Trump administration’s decision will prompt the health care and pharmaceutical industry in Canada to put more pressure on Ottawa to do something to protect the Canadian system. The Canadian Pharmaceutical Association published a report last week which found that drug shortages have 'greatly increased' over the past 3-5 years.

CBC

Liberals block motion calling for parliamentary hearings into feds' alleged pressure of ex-envoys; Freeland personally called Guy Saint-Jacques

Former Canadian ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called him last week to assure him personally that the government wasn't trying to "muzzle" his public comments on Canada-China relations.

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As expected, the Liberals voted down the motion 5-4. Opposition MPs made their case both in the press conference before the Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, as well in the actual session, for why it was necessary to launch a probe into the alleged interference by the PMO. Andrew Scheer and party surrogates will go on the attack, invoking the dishonest and corrupt nature of Justin Trudeau and his government who continue to be plagued by ethics-related issues.

Globe and Mail

Freeland meets Chinese foreign minister for first time, says she discussed detained Canadians and Meng Wanzhou

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has met with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for the first time since Beijing arrested two Canadians last December in what critics have called acts of “hostage diplomacy.” The discussion between Ms. Freeland and Mr. Wang took place Friday on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Bangkok.

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After months of failing to get a face-to-face meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Chrystia Freeland is touting a 20 minute discussion with Mr. Wang Yi as a positive step. Freeland admitted the Sino-Canadian relationship is complicated at the moment. Nonetheless, the arbitrary detention of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig remains the most pressing foreign affairs issue facing the Trudeau government.

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Chief electoral officer says voting day should not be moved; Cabinet does not have to sign off on Perrault's decision because no recommendation was made

Election day can be no later than Oct. 21 under federal law, which this year falls on the Jewish holiday known as Shemini Atzeret, meaning Orthodox Jews are not permitted to work, vote or campaign. Last week, the court ordered chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault to take a second look at the decision. Today, he said it was not in the public interest to move the election date.

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Because Stephane Perrault did not make a recommendation to change the election day, Cabinet in fact does not have to make a decision. Nonetheless, although the Liberals will be spared from deciding whether to move the voting day or not, this issue will not go away. As Perrault wrote in his decision today, "this is a difficult situation that directly touches upon the very core values of our democracy." Conservative candidate Chani Aryeh-Bain will be exploring all of her legal options on how to move forward.

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Attorneys general of 4 Canadian provinces argue against national carbon tax

Attorneys general of 4 Canadian provinces argue against national carbon tax.

Airdate: Jul 30, 2019

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Northwest Territories wants Arctic ports as sea ice recedes

Premier Bob McLeod wants the federal government to help build new Arctic ports as countries increase their presence in the North.

Airdate: Jul 26, 2019

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A Water Emergency in Attawapiskat

Attawapiskat First Nation is the latest place to declare a state of emergency over water.

Airdate: Jul 25, 2019

Friday, August 2nd

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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is in Toronto this morning for an announcement on healthcare. Yesterday Scheer publicly revealed a letter he wrote to Canada's premiers promising he would increase health and social transfers by three per cent as prime minister.

Justin Trudeau continues his tour of Nunavut today. The Prime Minister will make announcement regarding affordable housing and investments in Inuit communities. Meanwhile, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is Fredericton where he is expected to make an announcement on the government's funding for reserve infrastructure.

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