National Newswatch

John Manley urges ‘prisoner exchange’ to swap Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou for two Canadians held in China

Dec 3 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — Canada should swap Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou for two Canadians detained in China in a “prisoner exchange,” says former Liberal deputy prime minister John Manley, who is a director of a Canadian telecommunications company that uses equipment from the Chinese multinational. Referring to the Glienicke Bridge, which once separated West Berlin from East Germany, Mr. […]

Huawei’s pocketbook pitch: Chinese giant touts Canadian job creation in push for 5G access

Nov 27 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — Chinese high-tech giant Huawei says it has funnelled $50-million into Canadian university research over the past decade and added nearly $700-million to Canada’s economic output in 2018 alone, figures it is releasing as it tries to persuade Ottawa not to ban its equipment from next-generation 5G wireless networks in this country. These numbers are in […]

Second former envoy says PMO requested ‘one voice’ in public comments about China

Jul 24 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — A second former Canadian ambassador to Beijing, Guy Saint-Jacques, says he too received a call from the foreign ministry that delivered a message from the Prime Minister’s Office about the need to avoid contradictory public messaging regarding China.Mr. Saint-Jacques, who served as Canada’s envoy to China between 2012 and 2016, said he found this directive […]

Ex-envoy to Beijing says PMO asked him to clear public comments on China with Ottawa

Jul 24 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — The Prime Minister’s Office asked former Canadian diplomat David Mulroney to check with the foreign affairs ministry before he makes future public statements on Ottawa’s China policy, citing the “election environment,” the ex-envoy says.The request came in a telephone call from a senior Global Affairs Canada official last Friday.Mr. Mulroney, who was ambassador to Beijing […]

Federal tourism agency to sponsor Canada Day gala in Beijing

Jun 11 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — A federal government crown corporation is serving as the principal sponsor of a Canada-Day-themed gala in Beijing later this month even as two Canadians remain jailed in China over what the Trudeau government has called “political reasons.” Destination Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Tourism Commission, is billed as the “principal sponsor” of a “Canada […]

Davie says Ottawa never told it about journalist queries about contracts

Jun 7 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — Davie Shipbuilding says that unlike its rival, Irving Shipbuilding, it has never been notified by the federal government when journalists call Ottawa with questions about the Quebec company’s contracts or obligations. “To date, Davie has not been notified by Public Services and Procurement Canada, Innovation Canada or the Department of National Defence about any media […]

U.S. launches new criminal probe of Huawei over alleged trade-secret thefts

Jan 17 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — U.S. prosecutors have launched another criminal investigation of China’s Huawei Technologies – for stealing American trade secrets – as the United States campaigns to persuade allies such as Canada and Britain to ban the telecom-equipment maker’s gear from next-generation 5G networks. The question of whether Huawei as China’s flagship tech company can be trusted lies […]

Huawei faces new objections in Germany, U.S.

Jun 22 2018 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which has put down strong roots in Canada, is now encountering more trouble in other G7 countries, with a German lawsuit this week alleging that the Shenzhen company has stolen state-of-the-art technology, and Congressional pressure on Google to cut ties with the firm. This week, Israel’s SolarEdge Technologies filed a patent-infringement […]

CSIS report warns of Chinese interference in New Zealand

May 31 2018 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — Canada’s spy agency is being warned that New Zealand, one of this country’s closest military allies, has been deeply affected by a Chinese government campaign of foreign interference. The new report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service cites “a curtailing of freedom of speech, religion and association for the ethnic Chinese community” in New Zealand […]

Fisheries Minister defends decision to award clam fishing quota to company with familial, Liberal ties

May 22 2018 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc defended his decision to award a lucrative clam harvesting quota to an Atlantic Canadian company with ties to the Liberal Party and to his family, telling the House of Commons on Tuesday that his wife has a lot of relatives. Mr. LeBlanc is being investigated by Canada’s federal Ethics Commissioner after […]

Canada must begin formal trade talks with China this year, former ambassador says

Apr 9 2018 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — Canada’s former ambassador to China says he believes the two countries must begin formal trade negotiations this year so that the question of whether to deepen economic ties to Beijing does not get tangled up in next year’s expected federal election. The Trudeau government has been trying to launch formal free-trade negotiations with China but […]

Ethics watchdog says other Trudeau ministers using same loophole as Morneau

Oct 30 2017 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — A number of other Trudeau cabinet ministers are in the same situation as Finance Minister Bill Morneau and have managed to retain control of assets they would be required to divest if this wealth wasn’t being held indirectly through a holding company or similar mechanism. Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson’s office declines […]