National Newswatch

Conservatives call on Trudeau to reach out to China’s President over detained Canadians

Jan 8 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Conservative Party wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately telephone China’s President to seek the release of two imprisoned Canadians, and to inform the people of Canada whether it is safe to travel to China. The party’s foreign affairs critic, Erin O’Toole, said it is baffling that Mr. Trudeau called U.S. President Donald Trump […]

Canadians support Ottawa’s decision to arrest Huawei executive, poll shows

Jan 8 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — More than 80 per cent of Canadians have negative impressions of China’s authoritarian rulers and more than half believe Canada was right to detain a senior Huawei executive for possible extradition to the United States, a new poll shows. Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, currently released on $10-million bail and confined to the Vancouver area, […]

Scheer opposes ending Saudi arms deal

Dec 19 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Federal Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer says the Official Opposition is firmly opposed to any move by the Liberal government to cancel exports of Canadian light-armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Scheer told The Globe and Mail he believes Canada could far more effectively signal its disapproval of Riyadh’s murder of a dissident Saudi journalist […]

Five Eyes spy chiefs warned Trudeau twice about Huawei national-security risk

Dec 17 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence network briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on two occasions this year about the national-security risk from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei − meetings that took place months before Canada’s arrest of a top Huawei executive severely strained relations with Beijing. Sources say Mr. Trudeau met the spy directors at […]

Harper urges Trudeau government to ban China’s Huawei

Dec 7 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Former prime minister Stephen Harper says he supports the United States’s campaign to persuade Canada and other key allies to ban the use of Huawei equipment in next-generation telecommunications networks. The Trudeau government has so far refused to join the majority of the Five Eyes Intelligence community in barring Huawei equipment from being used in […]

Election Commissioner asked to probe Conservative Party ties to Chinese-Canadian conservative groups

Nov 20 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Federal Elections Commissioner Yves Cote has been formally asked to investigate the relationship between the Conservative Party and 10 Chinese-Canadian conservative non-profit organizations for possible breaches of election laws. The Liberal and NDP parties both sent letters to Mr. Cote’s office on Monday, saying an official probe is required to determine if there is collusion […]

Ottawa launches probe of cyber security

Sep 19 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada is conducting a national security analysis to minimize cyberthreats to the country from equipment made by foreign telecommunications companies, including China’s Huawei – a study that has gained importance since the United States and Australia banned the telecom giant from participating in new wireless cellular networks.

Ottawa probes Huawei devices for security threats

Sep 7 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Canadian government has publicly acknowledged it has been conducting security tests since 2013 on smartphones and telecommunication equipment sold in Canada by Chinese giant Huawei, a company the United States and Australia regard as a potential tool for state-sponsored cyberspying. Under pressure from the United States to ban Huawei, which is a major sponsor […]

U.S. lawmakers warn Canada about Chinese telecom giant Huawei

Jun 18 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Senior lawmakers on U.S. intelligence committees are warning the Trudeau government that Chinese smartphone maker Huawei – which has turned Canada into a key research centre for next-generation mobile technology – is a national-security threat to a network of Canada’s allies. Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Democratic Senator Mark Warner told The Globe and Mail […]

Aecon deal threatened Canadian sovereignty, Trudeau says

May 24 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his cabinet vetoed a Chinese state-owned conglomerate’s takeover of one of Canada’s largest construction companies because of concerns it could control critical infrastructure projects and threaten Canadian sovereignty. Mr. Trudeau declined to outline the details of the national-security threats that led Ottawa to block the proposed $1.5-billion acquisition of Aecon […]