National Newswatch

Senior Liberal MP urges Trudeau cabinet to ‘wake up and smell the roses’ on China

Feb 16 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Liberal chair of the Commons finance committee says a budget recommendation calling on Ottawa to pull out of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank should serve as a “wake up and smell the roses” moment for Canada. Liberal MP Wayne Easter, who also served as solicitor-general under Jean Chrétien in charge of Canada’s security […]

Ottawa partners with Huawei to fund university research despite security concerns

Feb 15 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The federal government is partnering with Huawei to sponsor leading-edge computer and electrical engineering research at Canadian universities, a move critics say threatens this country’s national security and economic interests. The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), a federal agency, is collaborating with the Canadian arm of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to fund the […]

CSIS warns Canadian universities about Alibaba’s online platform

Jan 28 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada’s spy agency warned Canadian universities in August to be wary of using Chinese technology, including a service offered by e-commerce company Alibaba to help students based in China take online Zoom classes in this country. Alibaba, which has come under close scrutiny from China’s ruling Communist Party after its billionaire founder, Jack Ma, ran […]

A Biden presidency opens the door to greater co-operation despite many bilateral challenges

Jan 19 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his top advisers are optimistic that relations with the more like-minded Biden administration will be effortless enough to collaborate on matters such as fighting climate change, building a new green economy and pushing for a North America First policy. No one is under the illusion, however, that a newly Democratic […]

Russian hackers didn’t breach Canadian government computer systems, general says

Jan 12 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canadian government computer systems were not compromised by the massive breach of U.S. government networks and private companies’ systems around the world, according to General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff. U.S. security agencies say Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, carried out “most or all of the recently discovered, ongoing cyber compromises of […]

Ruling Conservatives in U.K. echo Joe Biden’s call for coalition of democracies to confront China

Jan 11 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — A commission established by the ruling Conservative Party in Britain has written a report calling for a “coalition of democracies” to craft a global response to human-rights abuses in China, one that would bring together Canada and other members of the Group of Seven industrialized countries as well as the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance and […]

Ottawa should begin thaw in relations with Moscow, Canadian experts on Russia say

Jan 11 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Two Canadian experts on Russia have penned an article in a prestigious Moscow journal that has strong connections to the Kremlin, calling for a thaw in relations between Canada and the Russian Federation. Gilles Breton, a former diplomat, and Carleton University political-science professor Piotr Dutkiewicz wrote the article in Russia in Global Affairs, arguing that […]

Taiwan urges Canada to join global coalition against China

Dec 20 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Foreign Affairs Minister of Taiwan says Beijing has already begun what military strategists call a “grey-zone” assault on the self-governing island of 24 million, and urges Canada and other like-minded democracies to use sanctions and increased trade ties to dissuade China from a full-scale takeover. Grey-zone warfare falls short of outright armed conflict, and […]

Canada among targets in Russian hack on U.S., private companies, Microsoft says

Dec 18 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Tech giant Microsoft Corp. says Canada was among the targets of a major hack that is believed to have been carried out by Russian intelligence against U.S. government computer systems, private companies and others around the world. Ottawa has said little about the sophisticated cybersecurity breach. However, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) […]

Canada’s envoy to China draws attention of U.S. Senate intelligence committee chair Marco Rubio

Dec 11 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Senator Marco Rubio, chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, is drawing attention to an earlier chapter in the life of Dominic Barton, now Canada’s ambassador to China, as the U.S. politician presses giant global consulting firm McKinsey and Co. on its business ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party and state-owned enterprises. Senator Rubio […]