National Newswatch

As Canadians sour on China, an ambassador changes his tone

Dec 10 2020 — Evan Dyer — Today marks two years since the two Michaels were detained by China. It’s also been ten long pandemic months since Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, Dominic Barton, made his previous appearance before the Commons subcommittee on Canada-China relations. Tuesday’s second round of that hearing showed how much the mood around China has changed during 2020.

What an Australian-style push against Chinese interference might look like

Nov 24 2020 — Evan Dyer — Some Australians see the country’s new powers to stop foreign interference as an overdue shift from complacency to vigilance, while others have warned of the dangers of a McCarthyite moral panic. But all can agree that Australia’s approach to foreign meddling in its politics, universities and public debate has changed a great deal in recent […]

Is American democracy suffering from an overload of politics?

Nov 22 2020 — Evan Dyer — The polls tell us that roughly a third of all U.S. citizens believe — wrongly — that U.S. president-elect Joe Biden’s victory was achieved through fraud. That finding is more alarming than surprising. Trust in the federal government dipped below 30 per cent among Americans at the beginning of this century and has only declined […]

How a COVID diagnosis can affect a leader’s chances

Oct 3 2020 — Evan Dyer — In a world with about 200 national leaders of every stripe and ideology, the COVID-19 virus has zeroed in uncannily on one group: the new breed of right-wing populists. It was true in Europe, where in addition to Boris Johnson’s near brush with death, the virus also struck former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi, a giant […]

The great PPE panic: how the pandemic caught Canada with its stockpiles down

Jul 11 2020 — Evan Dyer — To hear Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand describe it, Canada’s effort to supply frontline workers during the pandemic has been a significant — if uneven — success. “We did procurement like it has never been done before,” said Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand. “We are in an urgent scramble […]

COVID-19 taught Canada a costly lesson — that early border closures can work

Jun 22 2020 — Evan Dyer — This year has given new meaning to the old expression “hindsight is 2020.” Three months ago, Canada’s government closed the land border with the U.S. just days after closing its airports to international flights — a move that followed weeks of government assurances that border closures to limit the spread of the pandemic don’t work. […]

Critics say Canada’s silence speaks volumes as Israel races towards annexation

May 21 2020 — Evan Dyer — On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Tuesday, he spoke by phone with Israeli “alternate” Prime Minister Benny Gantz. Israel has two prime ministers who loathe each other because that arrangement was the only way to form a halfway-functioning government in a polarized country that staged […]

Canadian-approved N95 mask targeted by Chinese counterfeiters

May 14 2020 — Evan Dyer — A Chinese-made mask approved by Health Canada is the subject of a counterfeit warning issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. The Associated Press has reported that counterfeit masks, intended to mimic medical-grade N95 masks made by the Shanghai Dasheng company and approved for use in Canada, already have been […]