National Newswatch

Trudeau minister: Canada in talks with NHL, MLB about border exemptions

Jun 3 2021 — Andy Blatchford — Canadian officials are in talks with both the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball about exemptions that could open a path for professional athletes to cross the heavily restricted U.S.-Canada border. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino told POLITICO in an interview Thursday that separate discussions with the leagues could result in “national interest exemptions,” which […]

China scolds Canada over Parliament’s support of Halifax Security Forum award to Taiwan

Apr 15 2021 — Andy Blatchford — The Chinese government fired a warning shot at Canada on Thursday after its Parliament declared Taiwan’s president an ideal candidate for a prestigious international human justice award. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said if Canada fails to “prudently and properly handle” the highly sensitive issues around Taiwan it could inflict further damage to bilateral relations.

World moves to embrace vaccine passports. Trudeau’s not so sure

Mar 9 2021 — Andy Blatchford — The economy-opening potential of “vaccine passports” is quickly attracting a global following — but count Prime Minister Justin Trudeau among the hesitant. After a year of sheltering at home, a growing number of Canadians are getting Covid-19 vaccines. Businesses and lawmakers are anxious to fire up economies, just not for everyone.

Next U.S. president will influence testy Canada-China relations

Nov 2 2020 — Andy Blatchford — The winner of the U.S. presidential vote could determine the future path of Canada’s testy diplomatic dispute with China — and, perhaps, the fates of Canadians caught in the middle. The U.S. is a major player in Canada’s relationship with China and it will continue to “feature hugely and prominently” regardless of who’s in the […]

Bains: Domestic industry now supplying half of Canada’s PPE needs

Sep 30 2020 — Andy Blatchford — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Canada is now buying almost half of its personal protective equipment from domestic companies, just as the coronavirus’ second wave is hitting much of the country. Bains told POLITICO that a pivot by industry early in the pandemic has helped Canada become less dependent on products purchased on highly competitive […]

Will Trudeau ride pandemic to an early election?

Jun 3 2020 — Andy Blatchford — Justin Trudeau is leading Canada amid a record-shattering deficit, a decimated jobs landscape and a health crisis that has killed more than 7,000 Canadians. Yet strong polling for the prime minister and his Liberal government since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic are fueling speculation in the Canadian capital about whether the Liberals are considering […]

Former Canadian envoy to Washington defends work pitching for Palantir

May 7 2020 — Andy Blatchford — Canada’s former ambassador to the United States says he’s done nothing wrong in his senior role with Peter Thiel’s data-analytics firm Palantir amid questions about whether he has been lobbying the top ranks of the Trudeau government. Charlie Angus, an NDP member of Parliament, told POLITICO he was drafting a letter to the federal lobbying […]