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What can Ukraine expect from Canada's federal election?
Under the Liberal government, international assistance in 2018 stood at $6.1 billion and accounted for almost 1.8 percent of federal budget spending. And $57 million of that aid went to Ukraine.
Andrew Rasiulis, a former director of military training and co-operation at the Department of National Defence and a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, agrees that the two parties have "pretty much the identical position on the issue of Ukraine." ... Rasiulis believes that if Ukraine implements the Steinmeier Formula as a potential way to reinvigorate negotiations with Russia over the war, which has killed more than 13,000 people in eastern Ukraine, Canada can offer its peacekeeping force to help secure the Russia-Ukraine border during local elections in Donbas and convince Russia that "this force can be objective."
Liberal Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland -- who is of Ukrainian ancestry on her mother's side -- has also been a consistent and outspoken supporter of Ukraine, and is banned from entering the Russian Federation as a result. "It seems clear, therefore, that Ukrainians will not be worse off if Trudeau and the Liberals are granted a second term in office," Marples said.

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by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 07:23:01 AM EST
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