National Newswatch

White House refuses to say whether Trump, as he promised Trudeau, raised issue of detained Canadians with Xi

Jul 2 2019 — Adrian Morrow — The American and Canadian governments are refusing to say whether U.S. President Donald Trump raised the cases of two Canadians detained in China during his meeting Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mr. Trump vowed during a White House meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month that he would press Mr. Xi on the […]

Freeland rejects Chrétien’s idea to cancel Meng’s extradition case

Jun 13 2019 — Adrian Morrow — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is rejecting a proposal from former prime minister Jean Chrétien that Canada stop extradition proceedings against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to get China to release two arbitrarily detained Canadians and stop punishing Ottawa economically. Ms. Freeland warned it would be “dangerous” for Canada to cave to Chinese pressure and short-circuit […]

Blame Canada: Trump paints us as suave international swindlers

Feb 28 2018 — Adrian Morrow — To hear Donald Trump tell it, Canada is a suave international swindler, repeatedly conning American leaders and waltzing away with his country’s money. The U.S.’s neighbour to the north is “very smooth,” has “outsmarted our politicians for many years,” and has been “very rough” as it has “taken advantage” of the hapless superpower. For months, […]

Trump insisted on bringing Flynn to Trudeau meeting – then fired him, new book claims

Jan 5 2018 — Adrian Morrow — Just hours before firing him as national security adviser over his back-channel discussions with the Russian ambassador, President Donald Trump insisted on bringing Mike Flynn to a White House luncheon with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The episode is recounted in Fire and Fury, author Michael Wolff’s dishy behind-the-scenes account of Mr. Trump’s chaotic administration. The […]

U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA is back on table: Wilbur Ross

May 9 2017 — Adrian Morrow — The Trump administration may tear up North American free-trade agreement and negotiate separate deals with Canada and Mexico, President Donald Trump’s point-man on the file is warning. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also served notice Tuesday that Washington will be “more aggressive” in fighting back against what it believes are unfair trade practices, such as slapping […]

Premier Rachel Notley visits Washington to press Alberta’s case

Feb 27 2017 — Adrian Morrow — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley jetted to Washington Sunday for the latest foray in a full-court press by Canadian politicians to preserve the country’s lucrative relationship with its largest trading partner. Ms. Notley’s three-day trip – the first for a provincial premier since President Donald Trump took office Jan. 20 – is aimed at building relationships […]

Trump withdraws from TPP, but offers Canada hope on NAFTA, Keystone pipeline

Jan 24 2017 — Adrian Morrow — Donald Trump’s administration is offering encouraging signs to the Canadian government, signalling it will move ahead with approving the Keystone XL pipeline proposal and is open to bilateral trade deals as it renegotiates NAFTA. But the U.S. President also pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Monday, a move almost certain to kill the 11-country Pacific […]

Hydro rates the most important issue for Ontarians: poll

Nov 27 2016 — Adrian Morrow — Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity prices are by far the top concern for voters – pushing Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals firmly behind Patrick Brown’s Progressive Conservatives, a new poll suggests. The Nanos Research survey found hydro was the most important issue for 20.5 per cent of voters, eclipsing perennial priorities health care (15.1 per cent), jobs and […]

Ontario PC candidate Sam Oosterhoff, 19, dodges sex-ed question at debate

Nov 8 2016 — Adrian Morrow — Sam Oosterhoff is against the Ontario Liberals’ new sexual-education curriculum and a proposed law to make it easier for same-sex couples to have children. But the Progressive Conservative candidate in next week’s Niagara West-Glanbrook by-election doesn’t much want to talk about either. “We need to make sure that kids nowadays are recognizing the values of […]

Ontario political parties pack in fundraisers before rules change

Oct 13 2016 — Adrian Morrow — Mere hours after the Ontario legislature unanimously passed the Premier’s campaign finance reform bill at second reading last week, Kathleen Wynne led a crew of five cabinet ministers to a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at a banquet hall in the Toronto suburbs. The Oct. 4 event – the Liberals’ Central Trillium Reception in Vaughan – was just […]

Ontario Liberal fundraiser resigns amid party reorganization

Sep 19 2016 — Adrian Morrow — Premier Kathleen Wynne’s lead fundraiser has stepped down amid a reorganization of the Ontario Liberal Party as it begins a ramp-up to the 2018 election. Bobby Walman, who had been the head of the Liberals’ campaign-finance system for eight years, confirmed Monday that he had departed over the summer. In an e-mail, he said he […]

Brown vows not to raise social issues, hesitates on Ford candidacy question

Sep 2 2016 — Adrian Morrow — Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has sworn off raising divisive social issues in the wake of this week’s Scarborough by-election, whose final days were dominated by a recanted Tory promise to scrap the province’s sexual-education curriculum. “I have no interest in wading into social issues,” Mr. Brown told reporters at a victory party for Raymond […]

Ontario Liberals block opposition bid to toughen campaign finance rules

Aug 31 2016 — Adrian Morrow — Even as Ontario’s ruling Liberals promised to end cash-for-access fundraising this week, the party used its majority on a legislative committee to block a slew of proposals from the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP aimed at toughening up new campaign finance laws. Among other proposed measures, the Liberals voted down a prohibition on cabinet ministers […]