National Newswatch

Americans face deadline to file paperwork for Huawei executive’s extradition

Jan 19 2019 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — American authorities are facing a key deadline at the end of the month to formally request the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the United States. Friday, a spokesman for Canada's Justice Department said the U.S. had yet to file the required paperwork in the Meng case and stated the Americans have until Jan. 30 to do […]

U.S. calls Chinese death sentence against Canadian ‘politically motivated’

Jan 16 2019 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The United States has denounced a death sentence imposed on a British Columbia man in China as "politically motivated," adding heft to Ottawa's effort to intensify international pressure on Beijing to spare his life and to release two other detained Canadians. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland conferred Tuesday and "expressed their concerns about the […]

Detained ex-Canadian diplomat Kovrig gets second consular visit in China

Jan 10 2019 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig received a consular visit Thursday for the second time since his arrest in China last month for allegedly endangering Chinese national security, the government says. A spokesman for Canada's foreign ministry says consular officials are pushing for more access to Kovrig, on leave from his job as a diplomat at Global Affairs […]

With tariffs still in place, Ottawa to commit up to $90M for Algoma Steel

Jan 9 2019 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government is to announce up to $90 million in support for Ontario's Algoma Steel on Thursday in a commitment aimed at helping the producer deal with the American tariffs on steel and aluminum, The Canadian Press has learned. Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will make the announcement at Algoma's plant in Sault Ste. Marie. He'll be joined […]

Tech CEOs say Liberal innovation agenda does little to help firms scale up: poll

Jan 3 2019 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government's big-ticket efforts to support high-growth tech firms are offering little for emerging companies that have already outgrown the fledgling start-up phase, according to a new survey of CEOs in Canada's sector. The insights are among the early findings of a three-year research project focused on properly defining mid-sized "scale-up" firms, outlining what prevents them from growing into big companies in […]

How long can it go? Resilient economy enters 2019 with signs of weakness

Dec 27 2018 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Canadian economy entered 2018 on an unexpectedly impressive run. The country begins 2019 on a healthy note but signs of weakness have raised a key question: how long until the good times come to an end? Through much of 2018, Canada's unemployment rate hovered near a 40-year low and job-creation remained strong as the evidence pointed to an economy going at close […]

Third Canadian detained in China not believed to be linked to other arrests: PM

Dec 19 2018 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Chinese authorities have detained a third Canadian but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there's no reason yet to believe the case is linked to the recent arrests of two other Canadians in the country. Trudeau said Wednesday that the latest case, so far, doesn't involve serious allegations related to China's national security. "These are two very different situations," Trudeau told a […]

Canada’s robust credit rating should calm fears about federal deficits: Trudeau

Dec 17 2018 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canadians worried about federal deficits should look at the country's strong standing with international credit-rating agencies for some reassurance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. In a wide-ranging interview, Trudeau said Canada's triple-A rating with agencies like Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's should provide comfort to taxpayers who fear his government has been accumulating too […]

Second Canadian missing in China after questioning by authorities: Freeland

Dec 12 2018 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A second Canadian is missing in China after alerting Global Affairs Canada that he was being questioned by Chinese authorities, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday. Michael Spavor, the founder of a non-profit that organizes cultural-exchange trips to North Korea, "is presently missing in China," according to a statement from Global Affairs Canada. The information comes mere days after the […]

Ex-diplomat who worked on Trudeau’s Hong Kong visit detained in China

Dec 12 2018 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government has contacted Chinese authorities about the detention of a sometime Canadian diplomat in China at a time of intensifying tensions between the two countries. Trudeau spoke briefly to reporters Tuesday about the unexplained case of Michael Kovrig, an international-affairs analyst who worked as a political lead for the prime minister's official visit to Hong Kong in 2016 when he […]

Equalization protests from Alberta likely pre-election talk: Quebec minister

Dec 10 2018 — Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Quebec's finance minister brushed off complaints from Alberta on Monday about his province's share of the federal equalization-funding pie, calling them pre-election posturing in the Prairie province. Canada's often contentious equalization program has come under fire again after the public learned over the weekend that Alberta, despite dealing with a painful collapse in oil prices, once again failed to qualify to […]