National Newswatch

Canadian charity used donations to fund projects linked to Israeli military

Jan 4 2019 — Evan Dyer — The Jewish National Fund of Canada, one of the country’s long-established charities, has been the subject of a Canada Revenue Agency audit over a complaint that it used charitable donations to build infrastructure for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), in violation of Canada’s tax rules. The JNF funds numerous projects in Israel, such as reforestation […]

Trudeau prods Saudi crown prince again on case that sparked Twitter row

Dec 1 2018 — Evan Dyer — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to release women’s rights activist Samar Badawi when he spoke to him at a dinner hosted by Argentine President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires Friday night, a senior government official told CBC News. In a press conference after the closure of the G20 summit, […]

Jair Bolsonaro, ‘Brazil’s Trump,’ is on track to win the presidency. For Trudeau, that spells trouble

Oct 27 2018 — Evan Dyer — He’s said things that might make Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blush and survived a stabbing that almost took his life. Now, Jair Bolsonaro is expected to win a powerful mandate Sunday to become president of Brazil, the world’s fifth-biggest country. Bolsonaro is Brazil’s answer to Donald Trump, a man who outrages progressive Brazilians with his […]

Canada will meet with Saudis to discuss diplomatic rift: Freeland

Sep 25 2018 — Evan Dyer — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she’ll meet with her counterpart from Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The goal of the meeting would be to begin to mend fences between the two countries after an explosive dispute this summer following Canadian criticism of the kingdom’s […]

Canada faces steep odds in battle to join UN Security Council

Sep 24 2018 — Evan Dyer — With nearly two years to go until the vote for the 2021 United Nations Security Council, it may seem strange that Canada is lobbying other nations that are gathering on the east side of Manhattan for the 73rd UN General Assembly. That is indeed the focus of the behind-the-scenes diplomacy at this week-long event, attended […]

Why Canada and Mexico don’t see eye to eye on NAFTA dispute settlement

Sep 13 2018 — Evan Dyer — When it comes to trade dispute settlement mechanisms, Canada and Mexico agree that NAFTA needs one. They just don’t agree on which one is most worth saving. The North American Free Trade Agreement has three chapters that lay out how to resolve disputes: 11, 19 and 20. A curious aspect of the talks to date […]

Did Mexico throw Canada under the NAFTA bus?

Sep 1 2018 — Evan Dyer — At the end of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s social media video touting the free trade breakthrough between the U.S. and Mexico, he held up three fingers saying what Mexico really wants is a deal “between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, in which we all win.”

Canada can’t say where its crime guns are coming from

Aug 10 2018 — Evan Dyer — “It is a fact that the majority of gun-related crimes in our communities are committed with guns that are domestically-sourced,” RCMP Inspector Chris McBryan told the Vancouver Sun two years ago. Insp. McBryan was speaking as head of the Western Canada division of the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) of the Canadian Firearms Program […]

Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia keeps raising eyebrows

Jun 9 2018 — Evan Dyer — History will have to judge whether President Donald Trump is really the master of the ‘art of the deal’. But he’s certainly a master of distracting attention from one crisis by starting another. His last-minute call (literally made as he boarded his helicopter) for Russia to be welcomed back into the Group of Seven is […]

The G7 leaders plan to confront Trump on trade. So who goes first?

Jun 8 2018 — Evan Dyer — By all accounts, he’d really rather be somewhere else — preferably at home in his own bed, with his own remote control — and not in Canada being criticized by his annoyingly earnest counterparts in the G7. But it appears U.S. President Donald Trump will make the trip to Charlevoix, Que. today after all. That […]

Canada invites a dozen extra nations to G7 Summit

Jun 1 2018 — Evan Dyer — Canada will invite the leaders of a dozen additional countries to the Group of Seven summit in Charlevoix, Que., this month, as well as four international organizations, CBC News has learned. Canada holds the G7 presidency for 2018 and will host the summit in Charlevoix June 8-9. Core members of the G7 are:

What Trump’s proposed auto tariff could mean for Canada

May 26 2018 — Evan Dyer — As with many of the trade actions announced by the Trump administration, the possible effects of his proposed Section 232 investigation of vehicle imports are both menacing and unclear. To understand how it might affect Canada, one first has to know how the Trump administration intends to define an “imported car.” Clearly, a Japanese car […]