Such a happy moment. It was Nov. 6, 2015. The just-elected Justin Trudeau and his cerebral just-appointed foreign affairs minister, Stéphane Dion, were mobbed by applauding officials at the imposing edifice affectionately known as Fort Pearson, the Global Affairs headquarters on Sussex Drive in Ottawa. It was quite the hullabaloo.
They were all smiles over at the Chinese embassy on St. Patrick Street, too. Trudeau had campaigned on welcoming Beijing’s state-owned enterprises as the new bosses in the oil patch and concluding a Canada-China free trade deal and an extradition treaty. The Canada China Business Council’s Peter Harder had been enlisted …read more