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Recent articles by Tonda:

Who is mystery man Steven Del Duca? Here’s why friends, rivals and colleagues say not to underestimate the aspiring Liberal premier

After spending most of his life in and around Ontario politics, the Liberal leader thinks he knows what it will take to win this spring’s election. → Read More

Justin Trudeau calls Russia’s war on Ukraine ‘genocide’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Russia’s attacks on civilians in Ukraine should be seen as “genocide” but NATO and Canada must avoid sending in troops to prevent a broader international war. → Read More

Patrick Brown vows in video to end Canada’s ‘terrorist’ designation for Tamil Tigers

Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown says he will “lift the ban” on a designated terrorist organization known as the Tamil Tigers, open up immigration to “any Tamil family that wants to come to Canada” and, as prime minister, would apologize for Canada’s failure to help Tamil refugees it has Ukrainians or the Vietnamese boat people. → Read More

Ottawa and White House in talks to stop future trucker blockades, top U.S. envoy says

Canada and the U.S. are in security talks to ensure there’s no repeat of trucker blockades led in part by “right-wing extremists” who “wanted to overthrow the government,” says Washington’s envoy to Canada. → Read More

Expel Russian diplomats and we risk losing our envoys in Moscow, Justin Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is downplaying the option of Russian diplomatic expulsions as little more than a “symbolic gesture.” → Read More

Canada considers expelling Russian diplomats over atrocities in Ukraine

Canada says it is considering following the lead of several other countries who expelled Russian diplomats, and will soon sanction 18 more Russian and Belarusian individuals. → Read More

NATO wants Canada to double its military spending. Here’s what that would mean for our future

It’s the famous 2 per cent of GDP threshold that NATO countries have agreed to — but Canada has not come close to → Read More

Talk, diplomacy and promises of action in Ukraine not enough as world leaders scramble

There was a rush and hustle in Europe this week as co-ordination on the response to Russia’s war on Ukraine continues. → Read More

As foreign affairs minister, Mélanie Joly has focused on building relationships

The one-time Montreal mayoral candidate was seen as a good get for then-Liberal leader Justin Trudeau when she first ran in the new riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville in 2015. → Read More

Chrystia Freeland uniquely well-placed to take on Canada’s response to Russian invasion of Ukraine

When Canada was ready to lay out its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau turned to the three women holding the most powerful roles in his cabinet. → Read More

Justin Trudeau’s political opponents demand more aid for Ukraine

Canada’s opposition lawmakers are backing the Liberal government’s response to the crisis in Ukraine, for now, but their calls for further action hint at political fault lines that could crack that united front. → Read More

Canada urged to get tougher with Russia and help more Ukrainians escape

The federal government is under pressure to take a stronger stance against Russia, including to open up more immigration pathways for Ukrainians seeking to flee their country. → Read More

Parliament sittings canceled due to the ongoing police crackdown in Ottawa

On the advice of parliamentary security, both the Senate and the Commons have suspended work Friday. → Read More

Police give notice to Ottawa protesters that a crackdown is coming

Protesters met the distribution of two-sided leaflets citing criminal code violations and new emergency powers with scorn. → Read More

Ottawa ‘Freedom convoy’ protests continue despite Ontario’s new emergency measures

Ottawa police insist they do not have the numbers to take on the protesters. → Read More

Ottawa police say children on trucks add complication to ending trucker protest

Ottawa police say the job of ending the “occupation” of the nation’s capital is suddenly more complicated after they discovered children are living in about 100 of the 419 trucks. → Read More

Canada sending defensive weapons to Ukraine, extends military training mission

Canada will provide “non-lethal” defensive military gear, intelligence and cyber-defensive support to Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. → Read More

Cabinet weighs how to calibrate Canada’s response to Russia-Ukraine tensions

Ukraine has asked for more Canadian soldiers to expand a training operation where they currently work, but it’s not clear those personnel would remain in the event of an invasion. → Read More

Ukraine wants weapons and more soldiers from Canada

Ukraine’s embassy in Canada said Ottawa’s “firm political” support can be “reinforced” with an expansion of the Canadian military training mission there and a supply of defensive weapons and equipment. → Read More

‘We do fear an armed conflict in Ukraine,’ Justin Trudeau says

The Canadian government says it is ready with further diplomatic and economic sanctions on Russia and more support for Ukraine as part of an intensifying multilateral effort to deter any Russian incursion in that country. → Read More