Washington Post: Trudeau’s India trip is a total disaster – and he has only himself to blame. How did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the world’s favorite liberal mascot — a feminist man, with movie-star good looks, a 50 percent female cabinet and a political lexicon that has replaced “mankind” with “peoplekind” (making millions swoon) – end up looking silly, diminished and desperate on his trip to India this week? Trudeau’s eight-day India expedition has been an absolute fiasco. Hours before meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his journey hit a dead end when the Canadian high commissioner invited a Sikh extremist named Jaspal Atwal (who has been convicted of attempted murder and was previously affiliated with a terrorist group) to a dinner to honor Trudeau in Delhi. Atwal was found guilty of trying to kill an Indian minister in 1986; he was also blamed for an assault on Ujjal Dosanjh, the former premier of British Columbia. By Barkha Dutt.
CNN: From ‘snub’ to scandal, Trudeau’s India visit sparks outrage. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s week-long trip to India has gone from bad to worse. Already dogged by bad press and speculation that the prime minister had been “snubbed” by the Indian government, on Thursday Canadian officials were again on the back-foot, after it was revealed a Sikh extremist convicted of attempting to murder an Indian politician had been invited to dine with Trudeau at the Canadian High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi. The official invitation, which was later withdrawn, has sparked outrage in India, where the issue of Sikh separatism remains a highly charged and emotive topic.
New York Times: Trump trade sanctions aimed at China could ensnare Canada. China is the main target of possible tough new United States trade measures against low-priced imports of steel and aluminum. But the sanctions threaten to ensnare America’s closest allies, particularly Canada. Earlier this month, the Commerce Department declared the steel and aluminum imports a national security threat, and President Trump must decide by mid-April whether to impose sanctions, including quotas and tariffs. But all of the options presented by the Commerce Department would affect Canada, a long-time supplier of metals to the American military and industry. Canada accounted for more than half of American imports of aluminum in 2016, followed distantly by Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Imports from Britain, Australia, South Korea and other countries could also be hit. By Ana Swanson.
New York Times: If Trump rips up Nafta, Canada may shrug, not shudder. Nothing has reshaped Canada’s modern economy more than free trade with the United States. But that doesn’t mean the country is staring at economic ruin if the current negotiations over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement collapse, and the agreement is scrapped. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is just one among many Canadians who have suggested that the trade deal is far from critical to the country’s economic survival. The prime minister’s remarks may have been a negotiating tactic. But many trade experts say the changes to the world’s trading system that have come about since Canada and the United States opened their mutual border in 1989 mean that an end to Nafta would not be a devastating blow to the world’s 10th largest economy.
Newstrack: Seventh round of NAFTA talks begin in Mexico City. The seventh round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations began in Mexico City with hopes of finalising more sections. Negotiators from Canada, the US and Mexico held a closed door meeting on Sunday at a hotel in the city’s upscale Polanco neighbourhood, said foreign media. Mexico said the first day of talks will see 27 different working groups hold discussions on agriculture, good regulatory practices and rules of origin, among others. Mexican Economy Minister and head negotiator Ildefonso Guajardo said this round will conclude on March 5 and could see up to seven sections or chapters finalised.
Business North: Dayton supports NAFTA in letter to trade official. This week, a letter from Governor Dayton was delivered to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, stressing the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement for Minnesota’s manufacturers and agricultural producers. In the letter, Governor Dayton wrote: “In 2016, approximately $4.1 billion or 21 percent of the state’s total exports went to Canada. At $2.3 billion, Mexico is Minnesota’s second-largest export destination and represented 12.2 percent of total exports in 2016. Approximately 120,000 jobs across the state are supported by Minnesota’s total exports of goods, and an estimated 40,000 of these jobs support exports to our NAFTA partners.”
CBS News: Acquittal in killing of indigenous teen that sparked outrage in Canada. A man accused of killing a 15-year-old girl and dumping her body in Winnipeg’s Red River was found not guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday in a case that prompted outrage from Canadian indigenous leaders. Tina Fontaine’s remains were discovered eight days after she was reported missing in August 2014. Raymond Cormier was charged more than a year later.
U.S. News and World Report: Canada says gravely concerned by Myanmar’s jailing of journalists. Canada is gravely concerned by the imprisonment of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, adding that ethnic cleansing had taken place in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. “For true democracy to flourish, fundamental freedoms such as freedom of the press must be respected. That is why Canada is gravely concerned by the imprisonment of two Reuters journalists who dared to report on the crimes in Rakhine state,” she said. Freeland, a former editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, was speaking at a meeting of the U.N. council in Geneva.
Newsweek: H-1B visa is ‘over’: Highly skilled foreign workers who have come to the U.S. on H-1B visas are looking to take their skills north, as the Trump administration moves to place tighter restrictions on the program. Vikram Rangnekar, the founder of MovNorth.com—a platform that helps foreign workers in the tech industry make the move from the United States to Canada—said his site has attracted thousands of people looking to head north over recent months. Many of those looking to make the move are H-1B visa holders, or highly skilled foreign professionals working in areas with shortages of qualified American workers. By Chantal Da Silva.
South China Morning Post: Trump Jr. outshines Trudeau – That’s how bad India-Canada ties are. Events have a way of surprising you. When it was announced that Donald Trump Jr. and Justin Trudeau would visit India at roughly the same time, Indians prepared to see what gaffes the younger Trump would commit. Trudeau, on the other hand, was expected to wow India with his charisma and youthful charm. It simply hasn’t worked out that way. The junior Trump stuck to business events and largely kept his mouth shut, though there was one awkward moment when he said that people in India might be poor, but they were happy. “They are happy because your dad is not their president”, the US TV talk show host Stephen Colbert responded. The Trudeau visit, on the other hand, has been a fiasco. And the Canadian prime minister himself has been treated as a joke by Indians. By Vir Sanghvi.
The Jerusalem Post: Canada’s Conservative party vows to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital. The Canadian Conservative Party on Sunday vowed that, should it be elected to form a government in 2019, it will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “Canada’s Conservatives have been, and always will be, a strong voice for Israel and the Canadian Jewish community,” the statement on the party’s website read. “Israel is one of Canada’s strongest allies and a beacon of pluralism and democratic principles in a turbulent part of the world.” The addition of this clause to the party’s platform is not entirely surprising, as Conservative members of parliament have been marking the same promise for decades. Ahead of his election to the party’s leadership in 1979, former prime minister Joe Clark vowed to move the embassy, but reneged on this promise after being elected. Since then, various hopeful Conservative leaders have made the same pledge, but none have followed through.
The Local, Norway: What can Scandinavia learn from Canada on immigration? As a wave of “Scandimania” sweeps the world, Canada is serving as an inspiration for Scandinavian countries dealing with the challenges of increased immigration and ethnic diversity. Scandinavia has, for a long time, been portrayed as a model for other countries. The international fascination with Scandinavia derives from a broadly shared impression that Denmark, Norway and Sweden have successfully combined private capitalism and economic growth, on the one hand, with state intervention and social equity on the other. International observers have also noted that economic efficiency and social welfare in Scandinavia have reinforced each other. That’s shown by consistently high rankings in international indices of competitiveness and happiness. The Scandinavian model has also received substantial attention in Canada. Academics, journalists, politicians and leaders of non-governmental organizations alike continue to evoke Scandinavian solutions to Canadian and global challenges. These include proportional representation, voter turnout, coalition governments, gender equality, education, environment and energy policy, welfare provisions and health-care delivery strategies – not to mention international humanitarianism and conflict resolution. In contrast, Canada is usually described as a policy “borrower.” But in the area of immigration and integration policies, the relationship has turned on its head. Canada is the policy lender; Scandinavia the policy borrower. By Trygve Ugland, Professor of Politics and International Studies, Bishop’s University.
Telegraph.co.uk: Canadian cruise ship passengers admit smuggling cocaine worth £12m into Sydney. Two Canadian cruise ship passengers have pleaded guilty to smuggling cocaine worth $21 million (AUD) (£12m) into Sydney on a cruise ship which set off from Britain. Melina Roberge, 24, and Andre Tamine, 63, both from Quebec, changed their plea shortly before they were due to stand trial on drug importation charges. Another passenger, Isabelle Lagacé, 29, had already admitted in November last year to importing the drugs and was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
Al Bayan – UAE: Dnata lands catering agreement with Vancouver International Airport. Dubai National Air Transpart Association (DNATA), an Emirates Group company, was awarded an in-flight catering license by YVR. Dnata will invest CAD $7 million to construct a catering facility in Vancouver with an initial capacity to cater 8,000 meals per day, and which is expected to employ 150 workers upon commencement of operations in Q4 of 2018. Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority, said that YVR is impressed with DNATA’s strong application, including its commitment to safety and sustainability. The agreement is DNATA’s first move into the Canadian catering market.
El Maouid – Algeria: Algerian-Canadian Forum: Business, Partnership, Export. The Algerian National Agency for Promotion of Trade (ALGEX) and the Council for Development Canada-Algeria (CDCA), in cooperation with the Forum of Chiefs of Enterprises (FCE), are organizing the Algerian-Canadian Forum: Business, Partnership, Export in Algiers this Wednesday. The Forum aims to facilitate trade and develop relations between business communities in both countries, and to create a new dynamic for partnerships between Algerian and Canadian institutions. The Forum will offer tools to Algerian exporters seeking new international markets, as well as incentives for trade and technology transfer. It will also provide Canadian businesses with the opportunity to discover Algerian products and investments opportunities in Algeria.
Akhbar El Youm – Algeria: Environment and Renewable Energy Minister meets Canada’s Ambassador. Algerian Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Fatima Zahra Zarouati, has met with the Canadian Ambassador to Algeria, Patricia McCullagh, and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation and exchange of expertise in the fields of the environment and renewable energy. Attended by Algerian and Canadian business-people specialized in those fields, the meeting focused on ways to advance waste management projects and investments in renewable energy. Zarouati said that the meeting provided an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and construct a road map that takes into account available resources and training needs, specially at a time when stakeholder globally are preparing for the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24). On her part, McCullagh expressed Canada’s willingness to cooperate with Algeria on partnership projects given that both countries share, to a large extent, similar priorities in environment-related issues, and agree on the importance of developing renewable energy projects.
Al Watan News – Bahrain: Bahrain is keen on boosting relations with Canada: Speaker of the Council. Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Bahrain, Ahmed Al-Mulla, has met with Canada’s Ambassador to Bahrain, Dennis Horak, and expressed his country’s desire to strengthen relations with Canada. Al-Mulla stated that the Bahrain-Canada relations have been developing continually on many fronts, specially those supported by bilateral cooperation agreements such as education, trade, and investments. Al-Mulla lauded Ambassador Horak’s efforts in strengthening the friendly relations between the two countries.