National Newswatch

Liberal government says it played no role in SNC-Lavalin court settlement

Dec 19 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Liberal government says it played no role in the settlement of criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin 10 months after a political scandal over the prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant ensnared Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his inner circle. The Prime Minister defended his conduct Wednesday while acknowledging he could have handled the SNC-Lavalin file […]

Ottawa urged to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials implicated in human rights abuses

Dec 9 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The federal government faces increasing pressure to enact sanctions against officials in Hong Kong and mainland China who are responsible for human rights violations, despite threats of retaliation from China’s envoy to Canada. The pro-democracy group Canadian Friends of Hong Kong plans to send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday urging the […]

Jason Kenney says Liberal energy policies to blame for Encana’s move to U.S.

Oct 31 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says Calgary petroleum giant Encana’s decision to move its headquarters to the United States is another example of what he calls the destructive policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government when it comes to energy development in Western Canada. “It’s not just about Encana. It’s about the broader decline of the […]

Ottawa orders ‘urgent’ probe into Crown corporation chair over conflict of interest

Oct 18 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The federal government has ordered an “urgent” investigation into the business activities of the Liberal-appointed chair of a Crown corporation after learning that she worked as a consultant for an Ontario construction company shortly after she resigned as its top executive to resolve a conflict of interest. The Globe and Mail discovered on Thursday that […]

Former Crown corporation CEO accuses Liberal cabinet minister of failing to resolve conflict of interest

Oct 17 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The former head of a Crown corporation responsible for awarding defence construction contracts is accusing a senior Liberal cabinet minister of failing to resolve a conflict of interest created after the head of a construction company was appointed as chair of the organization. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, James Paul, the former chief […]

Canadians’ negative impressions harden toward China

Aug 11 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — China’s hostage diplomacy and punishing economic sanctions against Canada have further hardened Canadians’ attitudes toward Beijing’s authoritarian government, according to a new poll. The July Nanos Research poll, conducted for The Globe and Mail, also found that 40 per cent of Canadians surveyed believe the Trudeau government has done a very poor or poor job […]

Chrétien proposes cancelling Meng’s extradition case to unfreeze relations with China

Jun 13 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Jean Chrétien is floating the idea of having Canada’s Justice Minister exercise his legal authority to stop the U.S. extradition of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou as the means to normalize diplomatic relations with China, sources say.The former Liberal prime minister, who last week offered to serve as Canada’s special envoy to China to help […]

Majority of Canadians believe Ottawa should ban Huawei from 5G networks, poll shows

Jun 12 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mulls whether to ban Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei from Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless networks on grounds of national security, a new poll shows more than half of Canadians favour barring the company. A majority of Canadians believe the federal government should follow the lead of several of Canada’s Five […]

Ottawa alerts Irving Shipbuilding over reporters’ queries about contract

May 30 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The federal government alerted New Brunswick’s Irving family that The Globe and Mail was seeking information from public servants about whether the family’s shipbuilding company had claimed an Alberta French fry plant as an industrial benefit of a contract to build warships for the Canadian navy. The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development said […]

Senior U.S. senator urges Canada to protest China’s abuse of Uyghur minority

May 23 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — U.S. Democratic Senator Mark Warner says Western countries, including Canada, must speak out more forcefully against China’s crackdown on its Muslim Uyghur minority and use of “bone-chilling” surveillance technology. Mr. Warner, vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee, told The Globe and Mail in an exclusive interview that the mass incarceration of Uyghurs in enormous detention […]

CEO of U.S. firm selling cannabis technology attended $1,600 Liberal Party fundraiser with Justin Trudeau

Apr 24 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The chief executive officer of a U.S. company that sells cannabis technology attended a Liberal fundraiser featuring Justin Trudeau earlier this month in Toronto and later said in a news release that the Prime Minister encouraged him to make Canada a testing ground for using artificial intelligence to tailor medical marijuana products.

Wilson-Raybould warns Michael Wernick that Trudeau ‘was on dangerous ground’ by attempting to interfere on SNC-Lavalin

Mar 29 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould released an audio recording of a conversation with Canada’s top bureaucrat Friday in which she warned that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “was on dangerous ground” by attempting to interfere in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Ms. Wilson-Raybould recorded a Dec. 19, 2018 conversations with Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council, […]

Wilson-Raybould letter says SNC-Lavalin affair a ‘wake-up call’ that has inspired her to push for reform

Mar 15 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Jody Wilson-Raybould says the SNC-Lavalin affair has served as a “wake up call” for many Canadians and inspired her to push to reform Canada’s democratic institutions and increase respect for the rule of law and prosecutorial independence. In a thank-you letter to constituents of Vancouver Granville, the former attorney-general expressed her disappointment at politicians who […]