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No pledge to create new Canadian health care jobs in Chinese takeover

Feb 23 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government came under fire on Wednesday for its decision to allow a Beijing conglomerate with ties to powerful families in China to gain a foothold in Canada’s health-care system despite a murky ownership structure. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended letting Anbang Insurance buy a retirement-home chain that is British Columbia’s highest-billing provider of […]


Ottawa approves sale of B.C. retirement-home chain to Chinese group with murky ownership

Feb 22 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government has green-lighted the sale of one of British Columbia’s biggest retirement home chains to a Beijing-based insurance titan with a murky ownership structure in a deal that gives China a foothold in Canada’s health-care sector. On paper, a majority stake in Vancouver-based Retirement Concepts – believed to exceed $1-billion in value – […]

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NDP asks election watchdogs to probe Liberal donation reports

Feb 15 2017 — Steven Chase — The NDP is asking federal watchdogs to investigate a series of individual contributions to the governing Liberal Party where the amounts recorded in quarterly financial filings with Elections Canada exceed donation limits under Canadian law. NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen has written a letter to Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer and the Commissioner of Canada Elections […]


Ottawa accused of appeasing China with second review of takeover deal

Jan 24 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government is being accused of bowing to Beijing by cancelling a cabinet order to break up a Chinese takeover of a Montreal high-tech firm despite warnings from national security agencies that the deal would undermine a technological edge Western militaries have over China. The Liberal government recently set aside a Harper government decision […]


CSIS, Defence warned Ottawa on China laser technology deal

Jan 23 2017 — Steven Chase — National-security agencies counselled Ottawa against allowing a Chinese firm to take over a Montreal high-tech company, warning it would undermine a technological edge that Western militaries have over China, The Globe and Mail has learned. “If the technology is transferred, China would be able to domestically-produce advanced-military laser technology to Western standards sooner than would […]


Liberals reverse Harper cabinet order to unwind Chinese takeover deal

Jan 10 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government has cancelled a cabinet order by the previous Harper government that would have forced a Chinese electronics company to abandon its takeover of a Montreal-based high-tech firm because of concerns the deal could harm national security. Instead, in a decision that suggests a different approach to Chinese investment, the Liberal government has […]


Russia urges Canada keep NATO soldiers out of Latvia

Dec 21 2016 — Steven Chase — Russia’s ambassador to Canada says the upcoming NATO deployment in Latvia – that Canadian soldiers will lead to deter Moscow’s aggression in eastern Europe – will be bad for regional security and an unwise diversion of resources from fighting the biggest menace: terrorism. Alexander Darchiev’s comments follow high-profile terror attacks Monday in which an assassin […]


Saudi arms deal heads to court in test over Dion’s authority

Dec 19 2016 — Steven Chase — The federal government is defending its decision to export combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia by arguing in court that the Canadian Foreign Minister has such broad authority to green-light weapons shipments he could allow deliveries even if there was a real risk they could be used to commit human-rights violations. The government finds itself on […]


Chinese company Anbang buys stake in B.C.-based retirement home chain

Nov 28 2016 — Steven Chase — A massive Chinese insurance company with a murky ownership structure is buying a majority stake in one of British Columbia’s biggest retirement home chains, a deal believed to exceed $1-billion that would give Beijing-based Anbang Insurance an important role in the delivery of health care in B.C. Anbang Insurance Group, which has emerged in recent […]

Workers pile logs at a softwood lumber sawmill in Saguenay, Que., on Nov. 14, 2008. The federal government needs to offer money, training and incentives to ensure a technological revolution in the forestry industry creates well-paid jobs at home rather than abroad. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Trump team flags Canadian livestock and lumber as targets in NAFTA reset

Nov 16 2016 — Steven Chase — Canada’s softwood lumber and livestock producers are being targeted by Donald Trump’s transition team, which is advising the president-elect to extract terms more favourable to the United States in these areas in a renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement. The head of Canada’s largest business group says a transition team memo obtained by CNN […]