Foreign Policy

Business and Human Rights Act - Model Legislation for Canada's International Extractive Sector

In face of serious allegations of human rights violations linked to Canadian mining companies operating abroad, and despite the repeated international outcry & recommendations, the Canadian government has not taken measures to regulate the actions of these companies. Liberals have failed thus far to follow through on their election promise to create an independent ombudsperson.

Excellon Resources, the Canadian Embassy and Ejido community in Mexico

The Canadian Embassy in Mexico supported and prioritized the private business interests of Excellon Resources, a Toronto-based mining company, and failed to properly investigate repeated complaints from affected community members and workers. Policy implications for the Liberal government.

Ejido communities in Mexico, Blackfire Explorations & the Canadian Embassy

From 2007 to 2010, the Canadian Embassy in Mexico failed to properly investigate numerous and consistent human and environmental rights complaints surrounding the mine operated by Calgary-based Blackfire Ltd. in Chiapas, Mexico. Before, during and after the conflict, the Embassy actively supported Blackfire, including by advocating for the company with Mexican authorities. This contributed to a quickly escalating situation that ultimately led to the death of an anti-mining activist among other consequences. Policy implications for the Liberal government.

Mada al-Carmel

Mada al-Carmel

In 2010, the International Development Research Centre terminated two research grants it had awarded Mada al-Carmel, which directed its research toward Palestinian human rights in Israel.

Official Development Assistance

Official Development Assistance

Since the 1960s, Canada has been internationally recognised as a progressive and generous country in its diplomatic and financial contributions to promoting international development, thought its Official Development Assistance (ODA) program. However, since coming to power in 2006, the Conservative government has been quietly dismantling programmes, changing policy orientations and priorities, and—following an initial increase which peaked in 2011—cutting the federal foreign aid budget, all to the point where there has been a major reorientation of Canada’s international development agenda, with virtually no public consultation.

Physicians for Global Survival

Physicians for Global Survival

In 2004, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) initiated an audit of Physicians for Global Survival (PGS) with respect to its charitable activities.

Canadian Mennonite

Canadian Mennonite

On July 23, 2012, the Canadian Mennonite received a warning letter from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) concerning “partisan political activities” that could lead to a revocation of its charitable status.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti planned a three-day speaking tour of Canada in March 2010, co-organized by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME). His visa was not issued on time, forcing him to cancel the tour, though it was rescheduled and took place two months later. CJPME accused the government of intentionally issuing the visa late.

Sharryn Aiken

Sharryn Aiken

In 2009, Sharryn Aiken was one of four organizers for an academic conference entitled “Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace”, co-sponsored by Queen’s and York University and held in Toronto at York’s main campus.

Palestine House

Palestine House

In January 2012, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that funding for Palestine House would not be renewed after March 31. Kenney cited concerns that Palestine House was an extremist institution and a supporter of terrorists and terrorism.

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