National Newswatch

U.S. congressmen criticize Ottawa’s oversight of Chinese high-tech takeovers

Jun 22 2017 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The head of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington is urging Ottawa to be “more vigilant” in its national-security process when Chinese investors want to buy Canadian high-tech firms that specialize in sophisticated military hardware. Representative Mac Thornberry was responding to The Globe and Mail reports on a bid by Hytera Communications Corp. of […]

B.C. party leaders campaign with Throne Speech looming

Jun 21 2017 — Ian Bailey — Days before a Throne Speech expected to spur a vote to oust the BC Liberal government, leaders of British Columbia’s three major parties were in campaign mode Tuesday with a pair visiting the controversial Site C hydroelectric project in the north and a third holding a rally in Vancouver.

Think tank leads corporate-funded campaign to sway Canadians on Chinese trade

Jun 21 2017 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — An Ottawa-based think tank, with ties to corporate Canada and the federal government, is spearheading a campaign to persuade Canadians to embrace a free-trade deal with China. As Canada’s negotiators ready for a third round of exploratory trade talks with China, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) is embarking on a two-year effort, bankrolled by major […]

Ottawa’s solitary bill is a start. Now the provinces must do better

Jun 20 2017 — Renu Mandhane — On Monday, the federal government introduced Bill C-56, which would impose a 21-day limit for “administrative segregation” (this will be decreased to 15 days after the legislation is in operation for 18 months). Where prison authorities propose to keep a person in segregation beyond these time limits, the case would be referred to an independent […]

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority chair apologizes for partisan comments

Jun 20 2017 — Robert Fife and Laura Stone — Dwight Duncan, who oversees construction of a new $4.8-billion bridge between Windsor and Detroit, has issued an apology for using social media to level partisan attacks at federal Conservatives and U.S. President Donald Trump. In a lengthy letter to Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi on Tuesday that he posted on Facebook, Mr. Duncan said his actions […]

Trudeau government to revise CBC’s board selection process

Jun 20 2017 — Simon Houpt — The Liberal government is overhauling the process by which members of the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada are selected, in hopes of ending decades of allegations of political interference in the public broadcaster’s operations. The Globe and Mail has learned the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, will announce on Tuesday the creation of the […]

Chair of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority accused of partisan attacks

Jun 19 2017 — Robert Fife and Laura Stone — The chair of a federal Crown corporation overseeing construction of the new $4.8-billion bridge between Windsor and Detroit has used social media to level disparaging comments at Donald Trump and the federal and Ontario conservatives. The Trudeau government appointed former Ontario Liberal finance minister Dwight Duncan to the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority in January, 2016, for […]

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 […]

Cannabis ‘backup plan’ in the works if provinces unable to regulate by deadline, Morneau says

Jun 19 2017 — Bill Curry — The federal government is preparing a backup plan that would see it regulate the distribution and taxation of legal marijuana in provinces that are not ready in time for Ottawa’s July, 2018, deadline. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlined the plan Monday following a two-day meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts. Some provinces are […]

BC Liberals stop real-time disclosure of political donations

Jun 19 2017 — — The BC Liberals have stopped disclosing political donations in “real time,” saying they are instead focusing staff time on preparing for potential new fundraising rules under an NDP government. The move caught the BC NDP off guard, but a spokesman for the the party, which is preparing to work with the BC Green Party to […]

Canada may lead regional effort to address Venezuelan crisis: sources

Jun 19 2017 — — Canada could lead a regional effort to address the crisis in Venezuela, according to sources with knowledge of the diplomatic efforts in the South American country. Earlier this week, Peru’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna publicly floated the idea of Justin Trudeau acting as a mediator for the Venezuelan crisis, citing the Prime Minister’s “global power […]