Francois-Philippe Champagne

As Canada’s foreign minister, Francois-Phillipe Champagne expressed solidarity with the embattled people of Lebanon, and is pushing for more economic and political reforms – the New York Times is reporting that many of Lebanon’s young people “are losing hope.”

CBC reports, “In recent weeks, the Lebanese people have taken to the streets demanding an independent investigation into the explosion to protest widespread corruption in their country.”

Champagne told The Canadian Press that Canada is, “willing to commit the RCMP to work alongside French national police and the FBI in an independent investigation of the explosion.”