New York Times: For Canada and U.S., ‘that relationship is gone’ after bitter Nafta talks. He called his relationship with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada “testy.” But President Trump put that down to heated trade negotiations only. Now that the newly named deal was settled, things between the two men — and by extension, two countries — were supposedly rosy again. Canadians are mostly relieved that Nafta 2.0, now called the U.S.M.C.A., was signed and that Mr. Trump’s threats of economic ruination for their country are over. But if he thinks the argument with his neighbor is all patched up, then he is terribly wrong.“The president insulted our country, our prime minister and even our chief negotiator,” said Frank McKenna, a former premier of New Brunswick and a former Canadian ambassador to the United States. By Catherine Porter.
Reuters: Canadian errors helped prompt Saudi row, says expelled Canada envoy. Canada made mistakes in its dealings with Saudi Arabia which helped spark a diplomatic dispute, the former Canadian ambassador to Riyadh said in frank remarks on Wednesday. In August, Saudi Arabia froze new trade with Canada, expelled envoy Dennis Horak and ordered all Saudi students home after the embassy issued an Arabic language tweet urging the immediate release of women’s rights activists. “It was a situation that didn’t need to occur … to sort of yell from the sidelines I don’t think is effective,” Horak said in a phone interview. Horak’s comments mark the first time a senior Canadian official has conceded Ottawa was partly responsible for the row.
The Guardian: Trudeau on back foot as frustration builds over PM’s climate strategy. When Justin Trudeau swept into power in 2015, he pledged to make fighting climate change a top priority for his government. Three years later, Canada’s prime minister is on the defensive, scrambling to both revive his party’s unravelling climate strategy as a growing number of provinces refuse to participate in national carbon tax – and to temper frustrations over his government’s continued investment in the fossil fuel industry. By Leyland Cecco.
Sputnik News: Toronto mayor hopeful: send illegal migrants to ‘the Front Lawn’ of PM’s Office. Sputnik spoke to Faith Goldy, a Toronto mayoral candidate and former Rebel Media contributor, who recently filed a lawsuit against Bell Media over its refusal to run her election ads. Read the interview here.
Al Yaman Al Araby – Yemen: Canada announces new humanitarian aid to Yemen. Canadian authorities has announced new relief aid of $28.5 million to Yemen, raising aid sum to $44 million as of 2018. Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, stated that aid will be offered through specialized UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs in food, health care, water, sanitation, and women and children’s needs. Total humanitarian aid supplied by Canada to Yemen amounts to $93.5 million since 2017.
Kuwait News Agency – Kuwait: Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister accepts credentials of Ambassador of Canada to Kuwait. The Acting Prime Minister wished Ambassador Louis-Pierre Emond success in his new post at the State of Kuwait, and wished the two friendly nations more prosperous relations.
Pal Sawa – Palestine: Canada, Palestine agree on cooperation promotion. The General Director of the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency has met with the Representative of Canada to the Palestinian Authority, Douglas Scott Proudfoot, and agreed on several affairs that shall cement and advance future cooperation programs. The meeting discussed development cooperation towards achieving Agenda 2030 development goals and related national interests, particularly those programs that serve to benefit different countries, in Africa and elsewhere.
Akhbar El Yom – Egypt: Minister of Civil Aviation and Canadian Ambassador discuss cooperation. The meeting discussed joint agreements on investments and maintenance projects, as well as increasing the number of flights, including cargo, to promote trade and Canadian tourism in Egyptian cities. The Minister noted the importance of using Canadian expertise in jets manufacturing, specially that the Ministry is keen on procuring models from diverse manufacturers. Ambassador Jesse Dutton welcomed the cooperation, and lauded the Ministry’s strategy in advancing the systems of Egyptian aviation. He also lauded the skills of Egypt Air’s staff, the company’s maintenance, engineering, and training facilities, and the security procedures at Cairo International Airport.
El Balad – Egypt: Canada’s ambassador praises Egypt-Canada cooperation in hydrocarbon sector. In a tweet, Ambassador Jess Dutton lauded the works of TransGlobe Energy, a Canadian company, during a visit to the company’s concessions in Egypt’s Eastern Desert. He affirmed the importance of investing and partnering in the hydrocarbons sector in Egypt, and the showcase of leading Canadian technologies in the field.