National Newswatch

Sober suits, no drama: how Trudeau got the low-key foreign trip he badly needed

Apr 21 2018 — Evan Dyer — The Official Opposition barely mentioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s foreign travel this week. Instead, Conservatives mostly used question period to rehash the PM’s excursion to India two months ago, and the unforced errors that plagued it. So the Trudeau government succeeded at least in not giving its enemies any fresh ammunition — which surely came […]

Hoping to bury the India debacle, Trudeau heads to Peru to talk trade, migration

Apr 12 2018 — Evan Dyer — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today begins his first overseas excursion since a widely-panned trip to India in February, he might take comfort from knowing that at least one chaos-generating politician will be staying home. U.S. President Donald Trump’s last-minute decision to skip the Summit of Americas in Lima, Peru has thrown the event’s entire […]

Mexico’s election poses a growing threat to NAFTA’s survival

Mar 16 2018 — Evan Dyer — The whole dynamic of the NAFTA renegotiation effort — and the scramble by Canada and Mexico to save the accord from a truculent President Donald Trump — may be about to change. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador​ — or AMLO, as the presidential candidate is known to most Mexicans — is leading in the polls by […]

Ireland rejects Canada-U.S. model for post-Brexit border

Mar 9 2018 — Evan Dyer — The U.S.-Canadian border is rapidly becoming a bone of contention in Britain’s gruelling Brexit debate — and a point of friction between Britain and Ireland. British PM Theresa May made it official this week when she told the House of Commons that the U.K. is looking to the world’s longest undefended border as a possible […]

Trudeau government moves to mend fences with India over Sikh tensions

Feb 19 2018 — Evan Dyer — The Trudeau government is reaching out to mend fences with an Indian politician who has accused it of including Sikh separatists in its cabinet. Capt. Amarinder Singh is an Indian war hero and chief minister — or governor — of the state of Punjab. Singh is a Sikh, and he runs India’s only majority-Sikh state. […]

Trudeau’s India mission mixes global business with local politics

Feb 17 2018 — Evan Dyer — Former B.C. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh believes one thing has remained constant since his time in office as the first Indo-Canadian to govern a province. “Trade still doesn’t amount to much,” he said. “Since the time I was premier, prime ministers and premiers have been going over and yet trade just hasn’t grown as much as […]

Canada set to open talks with South American trade bloc

Feb 15 2018 — Evan Dyer — On March 8, Canada’s minister of international trade, Francois-Philippe Champagne, will sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership — the CPTPP, formerly known as the TPP. CBC News has learned that the following day, if all goes as planned, Canada’s delegation will board a plane and fly over the Andes to Asuncion, Paraguay, to launch […]

U.S. claims on trade deficit with Canada inflated by misleading numbers

Feb 9 2018 — Evan Dyer — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today wraps up a three-day trip to the U.S. meant to drum up support on trade issues — the NAFTA negotiations in particular. But he also may find himself countering misinformation about the U.S.-Canada trade relationship being spread by the Trump administration’s own chief NAFTA negotiator. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer […]

Workplace harassment bill will protect federal political staffers, Liberals say

Jan 26 2018 — Evan Dyer — When Parliament resumes next week, one of the first items on the agenda is a bill the government says will close a gap that leaves many Canadian workers — including Parliament Hill staffers — with less recourse in cases of workplace harassment than most Canadians enjoy. Bill C-65 enters second reading Monday (where MPs debate […]

Canada to reconsider Extradition Act in wake of Diab case

Jan 18 2018 — Evan Dyer — Upon his return to Canada, Hassan Diab could not have been clearer; he doesn’t want “a penny” of compensation, “not even to buy a cup of coffee.” Instead, the former university professor said, “my main mission for the time being is to help get rid of the existing — I call it lousy — extradition […]

Liberal MP Majid Jowhari’s Iran tweets roil his heavily Iranian riding

Jan 4 2018 — Evan Dyer — The Liberal MP for Richmond Hill is facing the ire of many of his Iranian-Canadian constituents after posting a tweet many see as an attempt to legitimize the theocratic government in Iran. Iranian-born Majid Jowhari was elected in the 2015 election to represent Canada’s most Iranian riding. But his Iranian-Canadian constituents, many of whom strongly […]