National Newswatch

Morneau not committing to keeping tougher foreign investment scrutiny post-coronavirus

May 24 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Despite warnings from national security experts that Canada needs a strategy to deal with hostile foreign takeover attempts post-coronavirus, Finance Minister Bill Morneau won’t say whether the government will consider keeping new rules in place after the economic crisis ends. In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Morneau was asked about a warning […]

‘China is a victim’ of coronavirus disinformation, Chinese ambassador to Canada says

May 15 2020 — Amanda Connolly — China‘s ambassador to Canada is insisting his country is being victimized by a campaign of disinformation about its role in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The claim, however, comes amid growing criticism of China’s handling of the crisis and accusations that its own diplomats are circulating false information designed to cover up their handling of early spread. In an interview […]

O’Toole vows to put ‘caveats’ on One China policy, urges ‘reckoning’ over coronavirus

May 10 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says while he would not walk away from longstanding policies acknowledging Chinese claims over Hong Kong and Taiwan, he would modify them. In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, O’Toole was asked whether he would take a more forceful stand recognizing Hong Kong and Taiwan if he were […]

Coronavirus: Trudeau thanks Taiwan directly for ‘generous’ mask donation

May 8 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday thanked the island nation of Taiwan for donating medical masks to Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic, one day after his foreign minister dodged repeated requests to do the same. During a daily briefing with journalists outside Rideau Cottage, Trudeau was asked about Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne refusing to […]

Oil site cleanup program sees 18,000 applications in 4 days, ‘significantly’ over expectations

May 5 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan says interest in a new federally-funded program to put oil industry workers back to work cleaning up abandoned wells in Alberta amid the coronavirus pandemic has been “significantly higher” than expected. During a virtual meeting of the House of Commons on Tuesday, O’Regan was pressed by Conservatives on why the […]

Gun lobby groups got top-level meetings as feds readied roll out of assault weapon ban

May 1 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair took meetings with two high-profile Canadian gun lobby groups as the government was putting the finishing touches on plans to ban “assault-style” weapons. According to lobby registry records, Blair agreed to meet two days before the House of Commons suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic with Charles Zach, executive director […]