National Newswatch

U.S. Senator: Canada’s a freeloader on defence and it’s getting tiring

May 10 2022 — Alexander Panetta — A U.S. senator derided Canada as a freeloader on defence during a high-profile congressional hearing Tuesday in Washington — and suggested he’s getting fed up with it. It happened during an exchange about the anticipated $40 billion US in additional help for Ukraine that the U.S. Congress is expected to imminently pass. Alaska’s Dan Sullivan […]

In America’s partisan carnival, Justin Trudeau is now on display

Feb 19 2022 — Alexander Panetta — Canada’s diplomats in the United States have a recurring fear: that our country might become ensnared in America’s bitter partisan wars. Take oil pipelines as an example: Democrats win power and cancel a project, Republicans get back power and reverse the policy, Democrats replace them, and on and on it goes, ad infinitum. It’s what […]

U.S. Congress asks Facebook: What role did fake overseas accounts have in promoting Canada convoys?

Feb 18 2022 — Alexander Panetta — American politicians are demanding details from Facebook about how many fake online accounts created by foreign actors helped promote Canada’s convoy protests. The chair of the most powerful investigative body in the U.S. House of Representatives this week sent a letter to company founder Mark Zuckerberg seeking information about inauthentic activity.

U.S. won’t stand for border blockades becoming normalized

Feb 15 2022 — Alexander Panetta — Canada’s economy has billions of reasons to hope that recent border blockades get quickly forgotten as a fleeting phenomenon by decision-makers in the United States. This country’s second-most valuable export industry, automobiles, depends even in normal times on being perceived as reliable by its main customer and not as some incident-prone flake. And these aren’t […]

U.S. offers Trudeau government help to end border blockade

Feb 10 2022 — Alexander Panetta — U.S. officials have offered to help the Trudeau government end an anti-vaccine mandate protest blockade that is sending ripple effects through the American economy and causing increasing concern in Washington. The White House says U.S. officials had multiple conversations on Thursday with their Canadian counterparts about the blockade on the Ambassador Bridge, a major trade […]

How the American health system is holding up compared to ours

Jan 9 2022 — Alexander Panetta — Everyone’s got an opinion on health care, especially now, as Omicron tests our various systems, exposing their vulnerabilities and overwhelming weaknesses in an avalanche of illness. Few, however, have Jenna Meloche’s perspective. She’s a Canadian nurse working in U.S. hospitals. She lives in Ontario, has nearly two-dozen friends and family working in Canada’s medical system, […]

Trudeau arrives in U.S. with last-minute warning for Democrats about electric vehicle tax credit

Nov 17 2021 — Alexander Panetta — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington D.C. today with a warning about legislation Democratic lawmakers are on the cusp of advancing through Congress. The prime minister is in town for a two-day visit as American legislators complete a massive budget bill that includes an electric vehicle tax credit bitterly opposed by the United States’ […]

There’s a reason Trudeau’s Washington visit starts at the Capitol

Nov 17 2021 — Alexander Panetta — All eyes are on the White House. But the biggest tension in Canada-U.S. affairs is playing out elsewhere. It’s inevitable that when a Canadian prime minister visits Washington, the trip to the White House generates the most attention — a reality of cross-border politics as enduring as the recycling of quotes from JFK and old […]

Canada may have found an unlikely ally in fight against U.S. auto plan

Nov 11 2021 — Alexander Panetta — There’s a glimmer of hope for the Canadians who’ve spent months lobbying U.S. politicians to drop an idea they fear could devastate the auto industry north of the border. The source of that hope is from West Virginia, where both state senators, one a Democrat, the other a Republican, have made comments suggesting a controversial […]

Maine referendum deals blow to Hydro-Québec project

Nov 3 2021 — Alexander Panetta — Democrats weren’t the only losers in elections held Tuesday in the U.S. So was a Canadian-led energy project, rejected by voters in one state referendum. This spurned project doesn’t involve oil, or pipelines, or Western Canada. It involves a Hydro-Québec corridor to New England — and now its future is in doubt. Voters in Maine […]