National Newswatch

Federal government works to clarify immigration policies for public

Sep 6 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The federal government is laying the groundwork for an attempt to dissuade more diaspora groups in the United States from fleeing to Canada, replicating a recent outreach effort to dispel rumours that drew thousands of Haitian asylum seekers in recent months. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office said the Liberal government will target more communities in […]

Ottawa says it lacks law to sanction Venezuelan government officials

Aug 3 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The federal Liberal government says it lacks the legal authority to follow in the footsteps of the United States and swiftly sanction top Venezuelan government officials specifically for human-rights abuses. Speaking on background, a government official told The Globe and Mail that Canada could more easily sanction Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his officials if […]

Kellie Leitch criticized over tweet attacking Syrian refugee program

Jun 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Conservative MP Kellie Leitch is facing new criticism after she issued a tweet portraying the legacy of the Liberals’ Syrian refugee program as a lone domestic violence case involving a Syrian refugee in Fredericton. Social media erupted after Ms. Leitch tweeted Sunday: “A battered wife and a bloodied hockey stick. That’s the legacy of Trudeau’s […]

Russia warns Canada Magnitsky sanctions would be blow to relations

May 19 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Russia is warning Canada the adoption of a Magnitsky-style law would result in a significant blow to bilateral relations, while a prominent Russian dissident commends Ottawa’s decision to support sanctions against human-rights abusers worldwide. In a statement published Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned an announcement by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland expressing support […]

Liberals to support Magnitsky-style bill targeting Russia for human rights abuse

May 18 2017 — Michelle Zilio — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Liberal government will support a Senate bill that would establish Magnitsky-style sanctions against human-rights abusers in Russia and around the world, following in the footsteps of the U.S. and Britain. The announcement comes a month after the House of Commons foreign affairs committee urged the Liberal government to […]

Trudeau a no-show at event with Aga Khan in Ottawa

May 16 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The Aga Khan was in Ottawa Tuesday for the grand opening of the Global Centre for Pluralism, a think tank founded by the billionaire Ismaili Muslim leader with $30-million in federal-government support. However, the Aga Khan’s long-time family friend, Justin Trudeau, was nowhere to be seen at the event. The Prime Minister’s absence comes amidst […]

Airline passenger bill of rights will go to Parliament this week

May 15 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The Liberal government will this week table long-anticipated changes to Canadian transportation laws, which are expected to address the rights of airline passengers, particularly after a series of overbooking scandals. Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s office declined to comment on the specifics of the bill until it is properly introduced in Parliament. Mr. Garneau has committed […]

No Iran polling stations in Canada for upcoming election: Feds

May 9 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The federal government will not allow Iran to set up polling stations in Canada for its upcoming presidential election – a decision that comes as the countries quietly work to re-establish diplomatic relations. Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York sent a diplomatic note to Canadian officials around April 10 requesting that […]

Ottawa tight-lipped on delay to improving no-fly list

Apr 11 2017 — Michelle Zilio — The federal government has stalled without explanation a plan to create a system that would allow smooth travel for Canadian airline customers, including children, whose names closely match those on the no-fly list. Last November, The Globe and Mail reported that cabinet was presented with a proposal to allocate $78-million annually until 2022 and $12-million […]