National Newswatch

Former envoy to China says it’s not necessary for Canada to monitor foreign influence via a registry

Nov 24 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — ohn McCallum, the former Liberal cabinet minister and ambassador to China, says he doesn’t believe it would be useful for Ottawa to set up a registry that tracks the work Canadians do for foreign states. The United States and Australia have passed laws that are designed to monitor foreign influence in domestic affairs, arising out […]

Trudeau says Beijing’s targeting of Canadian Chinese community has ‘intensified’

Nov 13 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned China for using covert agents to threaten and intimidate members of Canada’s Chinese community in an effort to silence dissent and criticism of President Xi Jinping. Mr. Trudeau said on Friday that China has stepped up this activity in recent years, and it is unacceptable in a democratic society. […]

CSIS warns China’s Operation Fox Hunt is targeting Canada’s Chinese community

Nov 10 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says Beijing routinely uses undercover state security officials and “trusted agents,” or proxies, to target members of Canada’s Chinese community in an effort to silence critics of President Xi Jinping, including threats of retribution against their families back in China. The federal spy agency says these illegal activities in Canada […]

Chinese-Canadian groups laud China’s fight against Canada, allies in Korean War

Oct 28 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — A group of Chinese-Canadian associations are marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean War by publicly condemning the United States and its allies, including Canada, as aggressors and imperialists while lauding China for fighting alongside North Korea. More than 26,000 Canadians in the army, navy and air force served in the United Nation-authorized military campaign […]

Canada urged to offer safe haven to Hongkongers

Oct 26 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole is calling on the Canadian government to urgently adopt special measures that provide a safe haven for Hong Kong residents facing persecution under a harsh national security law imposed by China on the former British colony. Mr. O’Toole said Canada must also be prepared to support the 300,000 Canadians living […]

Chinese envoy overstepped with threat to Canadians in Hong Kong, Freeland says

Oct 19 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is denouncing China’s ambassador to Canada for threatening Canadians living in Hong Kong as Beijing staunchly defends its outspoken diplomat and accuses Ottawa of promoting “anti-China voices.” Ms. Freeland told the House of Commons on Monday she was “well aware of the character of Communist authoritarian regimes” as she chided […]

Scientist at Department of Fisheries and Oceans says Ottawa is too beholden to fish farm industry

Oct 16 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — A federal scientist has accused the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of underplaying the threat of open-net fish farms to Pacific salmon and too often acting in the interests of British Columbia’s profitable fish farming industry. Fish farming in ocean waters off Canada’s West Coast remains controversial as fishermen grapple with the drop in wild […]

Trudeau vows to stand up to China’s coercive diplomacy

Oct 13 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada intends to work with allies to challenge China’s “coercive diplomacy” and warned that its use of arbitrary arrests, repression in Hong Kong and detention camps for Muslim minorities is “not a particularly productive path.” In marking the 50th anniversary of relations between Canada and the People’s Republic of China, […]

U.K. MPs accuse Huawei of collusion with Beijing

Oct 9 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — British MPs said on Thursday they found “clear evidence of collusion” between Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Beijing, and suggested the U.K. government may need to remove all Huawei equipment from mobile networks earlier than planned. “It is clear that Huawei is strongly linked to the Chinese state and the Chinese Communist Party, despite its […]

Canada watchdog mum as U.K. agency finds security defects in Huawei gear

Oct 5 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada’s cybersecurity watchdog is refusing to say whether it found the same security and software defects in telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. that Britain’s cyberspy agency identified last week. The British government’s National Cyber Security Centre, which oversees the vetting of Huawei gear and includes officials from Britain’s GCHQ signals intelligence agency, […]