March 28, 1999 |
Canada warned Yugoslavia's leaders Saturday that they will be held responsible for any war crimes committed in Kosovo, and vowed to enforce international justice. "Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic must understand that political and military leaders will be held personally accountable for all violations of international humanitarian law, war crimes and crimes against humanity," Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy said in a statement.
March 24, 1999 |
It's ironic that Canada's Sheila Copps was in Los Angeles last weekend for Hollywood's biggest event, the Oscars, given that she is regularly at odds with the U.S. entertainment industry. As that country's heritage minister, Copps, who was in town to celebrate Canadian director Norman Jewison's Irving G. Thalberg Award, is an outspoken proponent of aggressive government actions that aid Canadian books, magazines, music, TV shows and movies, sometimes at the expense of American product.
January 13, 1998 |
Louise Frechette of Canada was named deputy secretary-general of the United Nations. It is the first time the world body has had such a position in its 52-year history. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who had let it be known that he sought a woman for the job, nevertheless told a news conference: "I was looking for the best person to take the job, and it happens to be a woman." Annan worked closely with Frechette, 51, when she served as Canada's U.N.
October 7, 1997 |
They rarely gripe about NAFTA, never invaded Mexico and paint themselves as similarly threatened by the U.S. giant. Unfailingly diplomatic, Canadians have long been the northern neighbors that Mexicans could love. But Monday, it was the Canadian government that was in hot water with Mexico. The Canadian ambassador here was forced to step down after granting an interview in which he labeled Mexico corrupt and described this country's war on drugs as a "joke."
January 22, 1997 |
Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy began a visit to Havana that underscored Ottowa's difference with Washington over Cuba policy. Axworthy's trip, which has been criticized by the U.S., is the highest-level visit to the island by a Canadian official in two decades. Canadian officials have stressed that Ottawa seeks to encourage change in Cuba through dialogue rather than isolation, as Washington has done.
October 5, 1996 |
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien abruptly forced the resignation Friday of his beleaguered defense minister, David M. Collenette, ostensibly for having inappropriately interfered with an immigration case. Chretien said he was extremely sorry to accept the resignation of his longtime friend and political ally but added: "I told him that I hope soon I'll be in a position to take him back into my Cabinet."