National Newswatch

BC NDP to press on with LNG support; Green allies remain opposed

Jul 24 2017 — Ian Bailey — British Columbia’s new NDP government will continue support for the development of a liquefied natural gas sector, despite its past criticisms of the former Liberal government’s aggressive pursuit of the industry. Jen Holmwood, a spokeswoman for the NDP, said in a statement last week a more detailed outline of the new government’s view on LNG […]

Unity test begins in Alberta after big win for conservative merger

Jul 24 2017 — Kelly Cryderman — Even a massive vote in favour of unity doesn’t guarantee a smooth road ahead for Alberta’s small-c conservatives. The provincial Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties announced this weekend that their members had voted strongly in favour of unification, with the Yes side winning 95 per cent in each party. Concern about vote-splitting on the political […]

Chinese firm expelled from trade association days before takeover of Canadian high-tech company

Jul 21 2017 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — A Chinese telecom giant at the centre of a controversial takeover of a Canadian high-tech firm has run afoul of China’s powerful Ministry of Public Security. Hytera Communications – whose principal shareholder is billionaire chairman Chen Qingzhou – has had long-standing close ties to the ministry that oversees China’s police and security agencies. It has […]

Does CSIS have a toxic workplace problem?

Jul 20 2017 — Sheema Khan — Five CSIS employees have taken medical leave from the agency since at least January of this year due to debilitating stress, anxiety and depression. Last week, “Alex,” “Bahira,” “Cemal,” “Emran” and “Dina,” who have a total of 80 years of service (ranging individually from 12 to 22 years), jointly filed a $35-million lawsuit against their […]

NAFTA talks ‘too important’ for partisanship, Trudeau says

Jul 20 2017 — Laura Stone — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement is “too important” for partisanship, after federal Conservatives went on a cross-border campaign to criticize the Liberal government for paying $10.5 million to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. Senior Liberals this week suggested that the Tories’ campaign against the government’s payout to […]

Khadr is to Trudeau what the census was to Harper

Jul 20 2017 — John Ibbitson — The Omar Khadr affair is for the Trudeau government what the census scandal was for the Harper government: a midsummer meltdown that permanently taints the reputation of the prime minister. There are important differences between the two imbroglios, and we should remember that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives won the next election despite the census mess. But, […]

Liberals say Omar Khadr campaign could impact NAFTA talks

Jul 19 2017 — Laura Stone — Senior Liberals are suggesting the federal Conservatives’ cross-border campaign against the Trudeau government’s $10.5-million payout to Omar Khadr could affect trade talks with the Trump administration. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, both used social media to connect the Conservatives’ condemnation of the Khadr payment with the renegotiation […]