A young Chrystia Freeland impressed the KGB of Soviet Russia

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The Globe has a revealing story upon Chrystia Freeland’s youth, how you baffled the KGB while you were a student in Ukraine in the 1980s. Based on documents from the Soviet archives, Simon Miles shows that Soviet spies were impressed by Freeland, whose code name was Frida, even as they tried to prevent her from linking Ukrainian activists with foreign journalists.

Ms. Freeland, and her ilk, were a threat to the Soviet Union, but one that had to be handled delicately: treating her too harshly could give credence to the “slanderous” stories told in Ukrainian migrant communities about how the KGB treated national minorities. in the Soviet Union. According to the KGB, Ms. Freeland was more than an agitator for, as Colonel Stroi mockingly put it, “the liberation of Ukraine” that coerced Soviet citizens into marches and rallies to attract Western support. He gave cash, video and audio recording equipment and even a personal computer to his contacts in Ukraine. All of this took place under the watchful eye of the KGB, which was keeping an eye on Ms Freeland. Her officers followed her wherever she went, tapped into her phone calls to Ukrainians abroad, tapped into her accommodation, read her mail, and had an informant, codenamed Slavic, insert himself into Freeland’s circle and gain trust. of the young Canadian.

New faces are needed: Speaking of Freeland, Trudeau said after the election that she will continue as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister in her next cabinet, which seems, it seems, Balloon Campbell clark, a “sign that the rest of the team doesn’t matter that much.” Clark believes that some changes need to be made.

First of all, he needs a defense minister who truly believe they are responsible for the conduct of the military, unlike Mr. Sajjan, who repeatedly discharged responsibility for the military’s repeated mishandling of sexual harassment. Freeland said last week that the higher ups still don’t get it, so Trudeau needs an experienced minister, preferably a woman, to make them get it. Maybe Mrs. Anand. He too you need a minister of health for the pandemic who can be the clear spokesperson and forceful negotiator with the provinces that Ms. Hajdu has not been.

Turning negative: the Stars Althia raj have a long and revealing read with an idea of ​​some of the behind-the-scenes calculations that took place during the recent elections. For example, in late August, nervous liberals decided they had to turn negative because they were on track to lose to Erin O’Toole.

Dan Arnold, The Liberals’ research director was concerned about the trend in support for O’Toole. “If you look at his momentum and (Trudeau’s) momentum … it certainly didn’t look like it was headed for a good result,” he told the Star. “I was quite honest with people … that the way the trajectory was going , we were going to lose the campaign. “Arnold began the meeting with that general description. But he was not the only voice that expressed concern. The campaign team was receiving missives, some asked for advice, others panicked and did not ask, urging that they be turned negative to turn the tide.

Tofino’s Fallout: Trudeau’s decision to travel makes him appear “disconnected” and “deaf,” political analysts say. Hill times, but most of them think that it will survive this controversy like others before because of its lasting brand, reports Abbas ranna at Hill times.

You need advice: Speaking of Tofino, in the Hill times Rose lemay have a reflective column suggesting that the prime minister should receive advice from a Circle of Indigenous Elders.

Enough Huawei: More than 75 percent of Canadians think Ottawa should ban Huawei’s technologies in this country’s 5G telecommunications, The Globe reports.

Opposition to Huawei’s presence in 5G has risen to 76% 53 percent of respondents in a 2019 survey. Huawei’s 5G technology has been banned in other countries for fear that the Communist Party of China could use it for espionage purposes. In the latest results, only 10 percent of respondents say Huawei should be allowed to supply 5G equipment, up from 22 percent in the 2019 survey.

Something harder: The Trudeau government appears to be subtly changing its tone on China, Mike blanchfield writes for the Canadian press.

Analysts saw signs of a potentially tougher focus on what appeared to be a throwaway phrase in a congratulatory note Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent to his new Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, last week. Trudeau used the label “Indo-Pacific” twice to emphasize the importance of cooperating with Japan on shared regional interests. For some observers, that was a sign that Canada was moving toward a tougher stance towards future relations with China.

Blanchfield is a co-author of a new book about the ordeal of the two Michaels.

Legault dominates: On Maclean’s, Philippe J. Fournier check out a new Leger poll that finds Francois legault with “47 percent of the voting intentions in Quebec, a monstrous 27-point lead over its closest rival, the Quebec Liberal Party.” Legault is so popular that even supporters of other parties want him to be prime minister.

Bad news for the Liberal Party: When asked which party leader would make the best prime minister, only 45 percent of Liberal voters choose the QLP leader Dominique anglade. Even worse news for the PQ leader Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon: Only 25 percent of PQ voters believe he is the best candidate for prime minister. In fact, PQ voters even prefer François Legault (38 percent) to the current PQ leader (25 percent). I am running through my memory and cannot recall a recent occasion when the voters of a major party in Quebec preferred the leader of another party to their own. In fact, Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon (3 percent) is even behind the neophyte Eric Duhaime (6 percent) in this survey.

Reflecting on Legault: At Star, Chantal hebert he takes the measure of Legault’s dominance and notes that many Quebecers are beginning to wonder what he intends to do with all his political capital.

It is not uncommon these days to hear speculation that the only person who could bring Quebec back to the battlefield of independence would be Legault himself. There are those who fear or hope that the engineering of such a return is the grand plan behind his words of struggle directed at Trudeau and his ruling federal party. No one can claim to read the prime minister’s mind.

Canadian Nobel: Canadian economist David card won the Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research showing that raising the minimum wage does not kill jobs and that immigrants do not reduce the wage of native-born workers, CBC reports.

We are number 1! A new report from a Finnish telecommunications analyst shows that Canadians pay more for cell phone service than anyone else on the planet, the Mail reports.

– Stephen Maher


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