National Newswatch

Canada’s sanctions are sending China a ‘message,’ says Garneau

Mar 27 2021 — Chris Hall — Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau compares dealing with China on the international stage to standing up to a schoolyard bully. “I’ve known bullies in my life, and I know bullies can change, but bullies don’t change unless you send very clear messages to them,” Garneau said in an interview airing this morning on CBC’s political […]

World must do more to support democracy in Myanmar: Bob Rae

Mar 6 2021 — Chris Hall — Bob Rae says the international community must support the democratic movement in Myanmar as protesters there continue to risk their lives to protest against last month’s military coup. Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations says it’s the only way to honour the courage shown by those standing up for democracy. “I do think that what […]

Chrystia Freeland isn’t short of advice as she crafts first budget as finance minister

Feb 20 2021 — Chris Hall — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has been getting advice from all sides — the 145 recommendations from the Commons finance committee, the solid endorsement Canada received this week from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the input she’s been getting during her own pre-budget consultations. But all boils down […]

Most at risk, first in line: Public health experts say racialized Canadians should be prioritized for vaccines

Feb 13 2021 — Chris Hall — Two public health experts in Toronto say governments must prioritize vaccinating Black Canadians and other people of colour against COVID-19 because the data shows they are most at risk of contracting the virus. Akwatu Khenti and Ananya Tina Banerjee told CBC Radio’s The House that failing to vaccinate those communities will not only put them […]

As vaccine deliveries lag, opposition MPs demand more than shots in the dark

Feb 6 2021 — Chris Hall — Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is pushing back against calls for Ottawa to release the contracts it signed with coronavirus vaccine makers amid lingering concerns over delays in delivery. “I think we’ve been transparent from the beginning,” Champagne said in an interview airing on CBC Radio’s The House Saturday. “There are parts of these contracts that […]

It’s time to let Keystone XL go, ambassador says

Jan 23 2021 — Chris Hall — Canada’s ambassador to the United States says there’s no chance of President Joe Biden walking back his decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline — so she’s turning her attention to other pressing bilateral issues. “It’s obviously very disappointing for Albertans and people in Saskatchewan who are already in a difficult situation,” Kirsten Hillman said […]