I continue to believe that Chrystia Freeland is a miserable failure as Canada’s foreign minister, but, according to a Reuters report published in the Huffington Post, she has got one thing right. The article says that “The Canadian government remains opposed to Russia rejoining the group of leading industrialized nations formerly known as the Group of Eight, a move U.S President Donald Trump has said should be considered, Canada’s foreign minister said on Thursday … [and] … Russia was dropped from the G8 in 2014 after it invaded the Ukrainian region of Crimea and backed an anti-Kiev rebellion in the industrial region of Donbas in eastern Ukraine.“
Ms Freeland made her remarks at the end of a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ottawa. I expect that Mr Pompeo expected some cooperation from Canada after he said something helpful about the Canadians being detained in China. Ms Freeland, however, properly toed the line which Canada has agreed with Britain, France and Germany.
So, well done, Minister Freeland, just this once, on just this issue.