chrys­tia free­land

Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs

Toronto Life - - The Fifty Most Influential 2018 -

with amer­ica on sab­bat­i­cal as global de­fender of hu­man rights, Free­land has leapt into the void. In Au­gust, she called out MBS, the power-mad Saudi prince, for jail­ing a women’s rights ac­tivist. When he levied sanc­tions, kicked out Canada’s am­bas­sador and or­dered all Saudi stu­dents to leave Canada, Free­land dou­bled down, stat­ing that Canada was “very com­fort­able with its po­si­tion.” A month later, she ap­peared on a panel called “Tak­ing on the Tyrant,” which fea­tured a video mon­tage of Trump along­side au­to­crats like Syria’s Bashar al-As­sad and China’s Xi Jin­ping. The tim­ing didn’t help her re­la­tion­ship with POTUS, who was grow­ing frus­trated with the stalled NAFTA talks. “We don’t like their rep­re­sen­ta­tive very much,” he said of Free­land, who re­mained char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally un­fazed. For the umpteenth time in 2018, she vis­ited Wash­ing­ton in pur­suit of a favourable agree­ment for Canada. Fi­nally, in Oc­to­ber, she se­cured a deal that pro­tects Canada’s vi­tal in­dus­tries and, re­brand aside, isn’t so dif­fer­ent from its pre­de­ces­sor. friends in high places: In April, Free­land hosted all the G7 for­eign min­is­ters for brunch at her Sum­mer­hill house.

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