canadian press: During last month's G7 meeting of foreign ministers in Dinard, France, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with stiff resistance from some fellow attendees over the language she wanted to use in a joint communique, The Canadian Press has learned, according to CTV. Freeland wanted the G7 to issue a joint statement after the mosque shootings that killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, but it didn't end up going out because we couldn't get agreement from all other countries about white supremacy and Islamophobia, said one Canadian official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deliberations. The quiet but at-times-controversial diplomacy has come as Justin Trudeau's Liberals, gearing up for a federal election campaign this fall, try to portray Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his party as soft on white supremacy and so-called alt-right views. Prior to that meeting, Freeland spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, where she singled out white supremacy as the greatest security threat facing the world -- remarks that later sparked a clash with a Conservative senator during testimony before the upper chamber's foreign affairs committee. On Islamophobia and the threat of white nationalism, Canada tends to be the country that speaks the most about these issues and pushes the hardest to get the language included in communiques. When the ministers met in France in early April, some of her counterparts pushed back against Freeland's assertion that white supremacy now poses broader threats, the official said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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