Following a rock-star reception at the G20 and APEC meetings already this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make his debut at the Commonwealth group of countries later this week.
But Canada’s fellow former colonies may be looking for more than the new prime minister’s million-watt smile when heads of government gather in Malta on Friday for the three-day meeting.
Canada’s relations with the Commonwealth are in disarray.
The former Conservative government suspended voluntary contributions to one of the group’s funds to protest the decision to allow Sri Lanka to host the last meeting of heads of government and hold the chairmanship, despite the country’s dodgy human rights record. The suspension announced last year was retroactive to 2013 and funding has not been restored.
There has been no special envoy to the Commonwealth since former senator Hugh Segal’s term ended in 2013.
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