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Canada-Russia Relations to Improve if Conservatives Lose Election

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Andrew Carkner, candidate from the Green Party of Canada, said that if Conservative government of Canada is replaced by different government, relation between Russia and Canada will be improved.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau (L), Conservative leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Thomas Mulcair (R) take part in the Munk leaders' debate on Canada's foreign policy in Toronto, Canada September 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko — Russian-Canadian relations will improve if the ruling Conservative party loses the October 19 federal elections, Andrew Carkner, candidate from the Green Party of Canada, told Sputnik.

Currently, CBC’s Poll Tracker predicts a victory by the Liberal Party with some 35 percent of polled popular support. The ruling Conservatives party and the leftist New Democratic Party (NDP) have some 30 and 24 percent correspondingly in a tight three-way race according to the polls.

“Relations with Russia have been hostile during the Conservative government. If they are replaced by a different government, relations are sure to improve,” Carkner said.

Current Prime Minister Stephen Harper is notorious for his heated anti-Russia rhetoric, and has exacerbated the downward movement of relations between the countries since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine. Supported by a vocal Ukrainian diaspora in the country, Harper has assisted Ukraine with financial and material aid.

In this image made from video provided by Hadi Al-Abdallah, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, smoke rises after airstrikes in Kafr Nabel of the Idlib province, western Syria, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Canada, alongside the United States and the European Union, supported economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis. In response to the Western restrictive measures, Moscow announced in August 2014 a one-year food embargo on products originating in states that imposed the anti-Russia sanctions, a move later extended for an additional year.

The Federal elections in Canada will take place on Monday, October 19. The ruling Conservative party is challenged by the leftist New Democratic Party (NDP), the main opposition, and centrist Liberals. The Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party follow the frontrunners.

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