National Newswatch

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 […]

The coming flu season could make the pandemic worse. Is Canada ready for it?

Apr 26 2020 — Evan Dyer — As countries compete ferociously for resources to fend off the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Canada may want to start planning ahead for the next viral wave set to sweep over the planet: the annual influenza season. Virologists and infectious disease specialists say the selection of this year’s flu vaccine — always something of a […]

An ill wind: the pandemic is giving states political cover for controversial acts

Apr 23 2020 — Evan Dyer — Calamity — as anyone who ever bought real estate during a recession knows — sometimes presents opportunities. For many governments, the pandemic crisis presents the perfect cover for carrying out actions they could only dream of before the virus struck. Around the time people first started falling ill in Hubei province, the Communist Party of […]

Former ambassador John McCallum a no-show at China committee

Mar 9 2020 — Evan Dyer — The Commons Committee on Canada-China Relations went ahead today without the presence of its most-anticipated witness: former Trudeau government cabinet minister and ambassador to China John McCallum. Former ambassadors Howard Balloch and George St-Jacques both attended in person, and McCallum was expected to join them by videolink.

Canada’s politicians have stayed mostly silent about a wave of anti-Muslim violence in India

Mar 7 2020 — Evan Dyer — The Trudeau government quietly communicated something to the Indian government this week about that country’s latest paroxysm of anti-Muslim violence. But it is hard to know what that message was. Certainly, an official Canadian government “readout” of the conversation between Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, offers little insight.

Canada will not pay for Harry and Meghan’s security after March

Feb 27 2020 — Evan Dyer — Canada has been providing RCMP security to Prince Harry and Meghan since November, Public Safety Canada has confirmed to CBC News, after weeks of speculation about whether Canadians would have to pay for the couple’s security bills while they are in this country.   But the Government of Canada intends to cease contributing to those costs “in the […]

Diplomats warned federal government about getting too tight with China, committee hears

Feb 26 2020 — Evan Dyer — Global Affairs briefing papers released by a House of Commons committee show that Canada’s professional foreign service has been warning politicians that it’s dangerous for Ottawa to get too close to China. Seven documents were released by a Commons committee on Canada-China relations that was formed in January after opposition parties united to outvote the […]

Trudeau visits former slave trading post in Senegal

Feb 12 2020 — Evan Dyer — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today visited one of the most notorious entrepôts of the African transatlantic slave trade. Gorée Island, a rocky outcrop of just 28 hectares off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, operated as a slave trading post from the 15th century until the 19th century. Trudeau toured the Maison des Esclaves, a notorious […]

Canada’s UN Security Council bid overlooks the pitfalls of influence

Feb 12 2020 — Evan Dyer — The Trudeau government has made its case for why a country like Canada should win a seat on the United Nations Security Council. There hasn’t been any discussion of the drawbacks. It fell to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, also in Ethiopia to promote her country’s competing UNSC bid, to reflect on the pitfalls of […]

Trudeau headed to Kuwait to meet with Canadian soldiers

Feb 9 2020 — Evan Dyer — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Kuwait on Monday, where he will meet with Canadian Forces members involved in both of Canada’s missions in Iraq. The visit was planned some time in advance, but not announced until now because of security concerns, as is often the case with diplomatic trips to the Middle East. The […]