Diplomacy without ambassadors. Canada is getting deeper into the confrontation between the United States and China. Last week, Beijing warned Ottawa about the “consequences” that might follow from the Chinese side in response to Canada’s support for US actions against Huawei. A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned Canada of possible “dangers” that could result from a policy “in favor of the United States”, and demanded that Ottawa “correct its mistakes” and thus “avoid damage”. This statement has become the most threatening of all that China has sent to Canada in the current conflict. Following this, Beijing recalled its ambassador to Ottawa, and Ottawa, for its part, no longer has an ambassador in Beijing. Recall that in response to the arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Vancouver in China, two Canadians were detained who could face serious trouble on espionage charges
Break with Caracas.
The closure of the embassy. The Government of Canada reported on the imminent rupture of diplomatic relations with Venezuela. The Canadian Embassy in Lima has been suspended. One of the reasons for this was the decision of the government of Nicolas Maduro not to extend the visa to Canadian diplomats. In addition, Ottawa will consider possible measures against the diplomatic representatives of Venezuela in Canada. Recall that Canada along with many other countries did not recognize Maduro’s last year’s victory in the elections, and considers Juan Guaydo, the leader of the opposition, the legitimate leader of the country. In addition, Canada is gradually phasing out diplomatic relations with supporting Maduro Cuba, closing the immigration department at the embassy in Havana.
Who are the judges?
The principle of appointments. Should judges be appointed by experience and ability, or by virtue of belonging to different groups of the population? Justin Trudeau’s government answers this question: Of the 153 Ottawa-appointed judges, there are 83 women, 70 men, 42 representatives of racial and ethnic minorities, 10 representatives of sex minorities, 6 representatives of the indigenous population and three people with disabilities. These figures are markedly different from these previous appointments and, in particular, for the first time the number of “female” appointments to judge exceeded the number of “male” ones. Many people believe that judges should be appointed, which will allow to select the people most suitable for this position.