National Newswatch

Civil war in the oilpatch

May 25 2017 — Carl Meyer — One of Canada’s largest oil companies says it quit a major industry lobby group for refusing to join the Saskatchewan premier’s war against a carbon tax. The decision by the firm, Crescent Point Energy, to quit the oil industry group, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), has stunned industry watchers and sparked a war […]

Canadian spies mobilized after Montreal airport terrorism scare

May 11 2017 — Carl Meyer — Shocking revelations this spring about security at Montreal’s airport caused Canada’s spy agency to mobilize “very quickly” and re-screen tens of thousands of files, one of its officials said Thursday. TVA network reported March 28 that four Aéroport de Montréal employees lost their security clearance because they showed potential signs of being radicalized. Employees had […]

Trudeau’s government just spoke to the Trump administration about climate change

Mar 3 2017 — Carl Meyer — The Trudeau government has just given a clear signal to the Trump administration that it plans to defend the Paris agreement to combat climate change, earning praise from analysts and an industry representative. Still, questions remain about the fate of Obama-era regulations and joint emissions reduction commitments. Since President Donald Trump’s election in November, Canadian […]

Can Canada save America’s data from Donald Trump?

Mar 3 2017 — Carl Meyer — Every society makes choices about when it hits save and when it hits delete. In contrast to humanity’s history of book burnings and great libraries, the internet is sometimes imagined as limitless and timeless. Yet websites shut down and information disappears. Data rots, through neglect, intervention, economics or other destructive forces. “It took us — let’s face […]

First Conservative leadership debate touches on Trump and taxes

Nov 10 2016 — Carl Meyer — Kellie Leitch wasn’t wasting any time. “I have common interests with Mr. Trump,” declared the Conservative Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey on Nov. 9, at the party’s first leadership debate before a vote in May. She was referring to United States president-elect Donald Trump, who won the U.S. presidential election the […]

Does Canada’s decision to cut off Ukraine from satellite data show a shift in relations?

Jul 13 2016 — Carl Meyer — The federal government has confirmed Canada is no longer providing the Ukrainian military access to satellite imagery used for high-resolution surveillance, which one expert says is a sign of a possible shift in Canada-Ukraine relations. In 2015, the Harper government revealed it was sharing information from Canada’s RADARSAT-2 with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the […]

Tory critic wants a reluctant CBC to hand over Panama Papers

Apr 13 2016 — Carl Meyer — The Conservative Party’s national revenue critic is calling on the CBC to hand over its Panama Papers data to Canada’s tax agency, something the Crown corporation is refusing to do. Ziad Aboultaif (Edmonton Manning, Alta.) says information coming out of a mammoth leak of documents detailing a global transfer of wealth into offshore accounts is […]

Tories rejected departmental, diplomatic advice to join UN Vietnam program

Mar 30 2016 — Carl Meyer — The minister in charge of Canada’s international aid in 2013 rejected a joint UN program with Vietnam that his own department and diplomats had recommended, documents show. An August 2013 memo to then-development minister Christian Paradis proposed a grant arrangement with the UN Development Program to contribute $14 million over three years to a major […]

Chrétien, Putin to meet in Moscow next week

Apr 24 2015 — Carl Meyer — Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week, the InterAction Council has announced. A few hours after Embassy first revealed the existence of the upcoming meeting, the InterAction Council—which bills itself as an independent organization bringing together former world leaders—put out a statement that Mr. Chrétien […]