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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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TPP seen as doomed after Trump victory

Nov 12 2016 — Steven Chase — The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal – that would have created the world’s largest free-trade zone – is all but dead, now that the Obama administration has given up hope of a last-ditch effort to ratify it amid a rising tide of protectionism. A former senior adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling on Canada to […]

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Trump win puts pressure on Ottawa to boost NATO spending

Nov 10 2016 — Steven Chase — Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House is expected to play havoc with Canadian defence policy, putting heavy pressure on the Trudeau government to increase Canada’s modest military spending. The presidency of Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly professed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, casts doubt on the future of the NATO military alliance, which […]

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Canadian meeting with Saudi human rights commission draws criticism

Nov 3 2016 — Steven Chase — The Saudi Arabian flag flew on Parliament Hill on Wednesday as Canadian public officials met with a state-backed human rights commission from the Mideast country, a controversial body that publicly supported the Islamic kingdom’s mass executions in January, 2016. Human-rights advocates say they fear that treating the Saudi Arabian Human Rights Commission as a serious […]