Canada joins new German-France 'alliance' that doesn't include U.S.

Canada has formally joined a German-French coalition aimed at saving the international world order from destruction by various world dictators, and the alliance does not include the US.

The initiative is part of ongoing government efforts to shore up international co-operation at a time of waning American leadership and President Donald Trump's outspoken disdain of institutions created after the Second World War.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland offered Canada's support for the Alliance for Multilateralism during a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Dinard, France earlier this month.

Freeland avoided any direct mention of the Trump administration, as has been her approach generally in her frequent critiques of the attacks on the world's multilateral order.

France's envoy to Canada, however, connected the initiative to Trump in a recent interview with Kareen Rispal.

Freeland cited Canada's participation in several other multilateral initiatives, including the Lima Group coalition on Venezuela, and ongoing support for international trade bodies and treaties.

Yesterday Canada imposed sanctions on another 43 people it says are implicated in the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.