Friends and foes alike don't see Canada as unbiased on Ukraine, experts say

When the U.S., France, Germany, Britain and Italy talked with Ukraine about the meltdown in security there in 2014, the door was closed on Stephen Harper.
That was news.
The Conservatives had worked very hard to convince everyone — friend and foe alike — that Canada was Ukraine’s best friend and the optics of being left on the sidelines at the NATO summit in Wales two years ago was unmistakable.

“We have been seen as a party to the conflict.”
– Piotr Dutkiewicz, political science professor at Carleton University and Russia expert

It was, however, a footnote in the day’s coverage, coming as it did on the same day that the former Conservative prime minister announced the first special forces deployment to Iraq to counter ISIS fighters there.
Contrast that with the amount of ink spilled last week after the G20, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was not invited to a meeting …
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