National Newswatch

RCMP defence of Chief Allan Adam’s arrest shows ‘pattern of behaviour’: Qualtrough

Jun 14 2020 — Amanda Connolly — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s defence of the use of force during an arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam last week shows a “pattern of behaviour” that must end now, says federal cabinet minister and former human rights lawyer Carla Qualtrough. The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson asked Qualtrough, who is Employment, Workforce […]

CRA reviewing 1,300 tips about possible CERB scammers

Jun 11 2020 — Amanda Connolly — The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has received more than 1,000 tips from Canadians about potential misuses of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and other benefits related to the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesperson for National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said on Wednesday evening that as of June 10, the CRA is reviewing a total of […]

Risks from Chinese takeovers mean Canada needs tougher investment rules: experts

Jun 8 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Canadian officials should tighten rules on foreign investment by state-owned entities from authoritarian countries, such as China, and consider making permanent rules imposed on takeovers during the coronavirus pandemic, experts say. The House of Commons industry committee is holding hearings on whether there should be a freeze on large foreign takeovers of Canadian businesses and […]

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 […]