National Newswatch

Canada signs revised North American trade deal, clearing way for ratification

Dec 10 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Canada has signed a new agreement updating the North American free trade agreement with Mexico and the United States, clearing the way for the contentious pact’s long-awaited ratification. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Mexico City for the signing ceremony today following a last-minute flurry of conversations between the three countries to address lingering […]

Conservatives push Liberals to make a decision on Huawei

Dec 9 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The Conservatives are urging the Liberal government to make a decision soon on whether Chinese tech giant Huawei will be allowed to join Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless network. The government has been reviewing the security implications of emerging 5G cellular network technology, which promises to be 10 to 20 times faster than existing wireless connections, […]

Canada’s cyber intelligence agency is helping the U.K. protect its election

Dec 7 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s foreign signals intelligence agency is on the lookout for threats to Britain’s election as the country heads into the final week of campaigning. Communications Security Establishment spokesperson Evan Koronewski said the agency regularly shares information with its international allies “that has a significant impact on protecting our respective countries’ safety and security.” “Regarding assistance […]

New public safety minister says Huawei 5G review ‘a priority’ but offers no timeline

Nov 21 2019 — Catharine Tunney — There’s still no timetable indicating when Canada will decide whether Chinese tech giant Huawei will be allowed to join Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless network, newly sworn-in Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Thursday. “I think there are some complex economic and security issues that need to be addressed,” Blair said outside of Rideau Hall last […]

Jagmeet Singh says NDP open to voting against throne speech

Nov 13 2019 — Catharine Tunney — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party could vote against the upcoming throne speech if it doesn’t offer commitments to parts of the party’s platform, including a universal pharmacare plan. “We are absolutely open to voting against the throne speech if it doesn’t include some of the priorities we know Canadians need,” he told reporters […]

Alleged RCMP spy Cameron Ortis ordered back to jail pending trial

Nov 8 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Cameron Ortis, the senior RCMP official accused of preparing to leak sensitive information, is heading back to jail while he awaits his trial. Today, Ontario Superior Court Justice Marc Labrosse revoked the 47-year-old’s bail, ordering the head of RCMP’s national intelligence co-ordination centre back into custody. Labrosse’s reasons and the details of the Crown’s review […]

RCMP launches review of its social media monitoring operation

Nov 5 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The RCMP has launched an internal review to make sure it’s obeying the law in the way it monitors Canadians’ social media accounts, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The national police force says it keeps an eye on social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, among others) in two ways: reactively, after a […]

Facing a possible wipeout in Quebec, Singh evokes Jack Layton’s legacy

Oct 16 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Jagmeet Singh returned to the childhood home of former NDP leader Jack Layton today, promising to build on his legacy in Quebec while trying to dispel fears the party could be pushed off the province’s electoral map in Monday’s election. While the New Democrats are experiencing a late surge in the polls nationwide, they are […]

Trudeau deflects coalition questions as NDP enjoys bump in polls

Oct 14 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau deflected questions this morning about the prospect of future alliances in a minority Parliament as the federal election campaign heads into the critical final week. With just seven days to go, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose party is enjoying momentum in the polls, has openly been floating the idea of working […]