IRRUSSIANALITY

The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, has dissolved parliament, and the country will now enjoy almost 80 days of political campaigning until a general election is held on 19 October. The focus will undoubtedly be on domestic politics, but as this blog is devoted primarily to Russia-West relations here is a look at the major contenders’ policies towards the Russian Federation.

The Conservative Party of Canada

The position of the ruling Conservative Party, and its leader Stephen Harper, needs the least explaining, as it is well documented. The Conservatives are unrelentingly hostile. Harper seems to view the world in black and white terms – there is good (the West) and there is evil (ISIS, Iran, and Vladimir Putin). This view predates the current war in Ukraine: Harper made his dislike of Putin clear well before then. Since the Ukrainian crisis began, Canada has imposed more sanctions on Russia than…

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