National Newswatch

Canada was courting Saudi Arabia for billions in new business before ill-fated tweet

Nov 28 2018 — David Akin — The federal government was actively seeking billions of dollars in new business opportunities in Saudi Arabia last spring, opportunities that abruptly dried up with a single tweet issued in August by Canada’s embassy in Riyadh. Briefing notes and other documents obtained by Global News show that Francois-Philippe Champagne, then the international trade minister in the […]

Statistics Canada kept Trudeau cabinet, privacy commissioner in the dark about controversial bank data harvest plan

Nov 19 2018 — David Akin — Navdeep Bains, the Trudeau cabinet minister responsible for Statistics Canada, said he first learned of the federal agency’s controversial plan to harvest the financial transaction data of potentially millions of Canadians as a result of media reports and not, as the law requires, in a written notification from the country’s chief statistician.