Canadian alliances reconfirmed in White House meeting

  They didn’t get much attention in the headlines, but defence issues constituted a significant proportion of talks during the first meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, Feb. 13. Between references to economic policy, women’s issues and border security, Trudeau and his U.S. counterpart reaffirmed key defence...
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    December 30, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
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    December 15, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
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    November 30, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
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    November 16, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
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