One week after losing his right-hand man Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top political aide — chief of staff Katie Telford — faces allegations she intentionally inflicted mental suffering on an ex-ambassador.
The "debacle" over the firing of Canada's ambassador to China is the latest in a string of foreign-policy failures for the prime minister, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer charged on Monday, January 28, 2019 .
Canada's ambassador to China admitted to an ill-timed and politically explosive slip of the tongue when he suggested detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou had a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States.
Canada's envoy to China faced criticism on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, for opining on how a Huawei executive might avoid extradition to the United States, fuelling speculation his remarks were a political ploy to end the government's diplomatic crisis with China.
A pair of federal cabinet ministers said Monday that Chinese telecom giant Huawei isn't the only company that can build Canada's next-generation wireless networks, as China muted its threat to retaliate if Canada bans the company.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sharpened his core re-election message on Sunday, January 20, 2019, telling his MPs to present a positive message to Canadians while he branded his Conservative opponents as a detached party of the elite.