Canada’s initial diplomatic role should be to co-ordinate a package of aid and loans and convey the contents of that potential assistance to North Korea.
Decision-making talk should be held mostly between banking lawyers, not politicians.
A review of former ambassador David Mulroney’s new book that’s making waves.
Politicians can do more. But businesses must also remember that whatever the state of government ties, commercial contracts are driven by providing value, quality and service to customers.
A Canada-China centre of excellence could quantify opportunities and concerns about Canada’s relationship with China on behalf of Canada’s main political parties, business, labour, NGOs, academics and think tanks.
With the pandas secured, the goodwill ambassador named, and the oil in play, the rites of passage are over and it’s time to mature this relationship. The Canadian government and companies must now focus on improving the sophistication of their game and tackle issues of substance of global, bilateral, and domestic importance.
Stephen Harper's majority government presents Canada with an ideal opportunity to commit to a more robust engagement with China. And the core principle should be strengthening the bilateral relationship through the rule of law.
Whether the TMX and the London Stock Exchange should be permitted to merge is debatable. What is not is that the maintenance of Canada’s leadership in mining requires a long-term strategic partnership led by industry but supported by creative government policy.
The Harper government and the civil service's management of the Potash Corporation deal must not be politicized. In the decade of state capitalism, Canada should exert the positive capacity of government and not hide behind laissez-faire economics as justification for paucity of leadership.
As a potential future prime minister, it is appropriate and timely for Michael Ignatieff to make an official visit to China prior to holding office. This will pre-empt, when or if elected to prime minister, the onset of the Marco Polo syndrome.