National Newswatch

Huawei Canada VP defends Meng Wanzhou, won’t condemn detention of two Michaels

Feb 14 2021 — Amanda Connolly — Huawei Canada’s vice-president of government relations repeatedly would not condemn the arbitrary detention by China of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, despite specifically and repeatedly insisting the company’s CFO Meng Wanzhou has “done nothing wrong.” In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Huawei Canada’s Morgan Elliott made unclear and at times contradictory statements […]

Ottawa still blocking provinces from ordering vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna: Pallister

Feb 14 2021 — Amanda Connolly — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the federal government’s contracts with key coronavirus vaccine suppliers like Pfizer and Moderna forbid those companies from selling in separate deals to provinces. In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Pallister said recent comments by Procurement Minister Anita Anand that provinces are free to pursue their own deals […]

Payette scandal sours Canadians on perks, expenses for former governors general: Ipsos

Feb 12 2021 — Amanda Connolly — A clear majority of Canadians believe former governor general Julie Payette should receive neither a pension nor an expense account given her unprecedented early resignation from the post amid workplace bullying allegations, a new poll suggests. According to the poll, done exclusively for Global News by Ipsos, 80 per cent of Canadians say Payette should […]

Defence committee meets as Tories push for probe on Vance allegations

Feb 9 2021 — Amanda Connolly — The House of Commons defence committee is meeting to consider a motion from Conservative MPs calling for a study into allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Gen. Jonathan Vance. Global News reported last week that Vance, who handed over command as chief of defence staff last month, is facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour with two female […]

Trudeau ‘pleased’ to see O’Toole attempt to oust Sloan from caucus over donation

Jan 19 2021 — Amanda Connolly — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is “pleased” to see Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole attempting to remove a frequently condemned member of his caucus over campaign contributions from a man who has been described as a neo-Nazi. In a press conference held outside Rideau Cottage on Tuesday morning, Trudeau addressed O’Toole’s announcement the previous evening […]

Canada unlikely to see election violence akin to U.S. unrest: Vance

Jan 17 2021 — Amanda Connolly — Canada’s former chief of defence staff says he thinks the country is unlikely to encounter civil unrest similar to the sectarian election violence gripping the U.S. ahead of its upcoming transfer of power. In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, retired Gen. Jonathan Vance said the two countries are fundamentally different in ways […]