Canada's trade minister on Monday signalled that the government will push ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership quickly through parliament, as stalled North American free trade talks have raised concerns it could lose its privileged access to the US market. "Rapid ratification of the TPP" will mean "farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and workers across the country can finally tap into new markets," Trade Minister Jim Carr said in a speech to parliament. Signed in March without the United States, the Trans-Pacific Partnership will come into effect 60 days after ratification by at least six of the 11 signatories -- Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The trading bloc represents 500 million consumers and 13 percent of the world's economic output. Ottawa wants to be among the first six TPP signatories, but is facing pushback from the powerful union representing Canadian auto workers. Unifor wants stricter labor … [Read more...] about Canada trade minister pushes quick ratification of trade deal with Asia Pacific
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Foreign Minister Timo Soini faces a vote of no-confidence in parliament after four opposition parties came together to propose the motion. Their move follows a string of anti-abortion statements Soini has made on his blog and his participation in an anti-abortion demonstration in Canada while on an official visit.SDP parliamentary group leader Antti Lindtman said that a majority of MPs are opposed to Soini’s actions and statements. “In a world where women’s rights are increasingly challenged, it’s not right that Finland’s Foreign Minister is at odds with Finland’s official foreign policy,” said Lindtman.Soini has made anti-abortion comments in relation to a senate vote in Argentina and a referendum in Ireland, as well as attending a so-called ‘march for life’ in Ottawa during an official trip. Preferred option to get gov't MPs on boardThe Social Democrats, Greens, Left Alliance and Swedish People’s Party are expected to … [Read more...] about Opposition parties move to oust anti-abortion Foreign Minister Soini
September 03, 2018 01:34 PM SPIEGEL ONLINE: Minister Freeland, your German counterpart Heiko Maas said recently that even during your first meeting, the two of you were finishing each other's sentences. It seemed like love at first sight. Freeland: I was delighted Heiko said that because it is true. I think Minister Maas has emerged as one of the leading voices in the world in calling for the return of the rules-based order, which is in jeopardy right now. He also underlined that liberal democracies all around the world are under attack and that we have to build momentum against that. I totally share this view. SPIEGEL ONLINE: It's the danger that brings you together? Freeland: These dangers are at the core of our foreign policy at the moment and they should be for every government right now. It's a moment where we all have to stand together. We feel very connected to Germany in this regard. Heiko really took the leading role in this debate and was very frank. People in … [Read more...] about Interview with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland: ‘The Claim by Trump Is Absurd’
Freeland was originally scheduled to visit Kyiv on August 27-29. Photo from UNIAN Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk has said Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland canceled her scheduled visit to Ukraine over urgent trade talks in Washington, D.C. Read also Canada greets Ukraine on 27th anniversary of independence, reaffirms support "Due to urgent events and negotiations around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), [Canada's] Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland postpones visits to Kyiv and Paris and travels to Washington, D.C.," the ambassador tweeted on August 28. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Freeland's working visit to Kyiv on August 27-29. If you see a spelling error on our site, select it and press Ctrl+Enter … [Read more...] about Canada’s Foreign Minister postpones visit to Ukraine over urgent talks in U.S.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Wednesday for Europe to reshape its relationship with the United States, saying the two sides had been drifting apart even before Donald Trump’s presidency and urging the EU to play a bigger global role. “The fact that distance between the two sides of the Atlantic has become politically wider is by no means solely due to Donald Trump,” Maas wrote in an opinion piece published by German business daily Handelsblatt on Wednesday. “The U.S. and Europe have been drifting apart for years. The overlapping of values and interests that has shaped our relationship for two generations is decreasing.” To “renew and preserve” the historic relationship, Germany, alongside France and its European partners, should seek a “balanced partnership” with Washington in which they “form a counterweight where the U.S. crosses red lines” and advance “where America retreats,” … [Read more...] about German foreign minister calls for revamp of EU-US ties