National Newswatch

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 […]

Trudeau says RCMP has not contacted him about SNC-Lavalin affair

Feb 28 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the RCMP has not contacted him or Liberal government staff regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair. His comments come the day after Jody Wilson-Raybould testified for MPs that she faced “consistent and sustained” political pressure from Mr. Trudeau and top officials, including “veiled threats,” on the need to shelve the criminal prosecution […]

Wilson-Raybould alleges ‘consistent and sustained’ effort by Trudeau, officials to ‘politically interfere’ in SNC case

Feb 27 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Jody Wilson-Raybould says she was subjected to sustained and coordinated political pressure including “veiled threats” to intervene and shelve the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. In dramatic televised testimony before the House of Commons justice committee on Wednesday, the former justice minister and attorney-general said there were 10 phone calls and 10 meetings in […]

Conservatives, NDP seek to launch investigation into allegations of interference by PMO, Scheer says

Feb 8 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — On Friday morning, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said opposition MPs will attempt to launch a committee investigation into the allegations that former justice minister and attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould had resisted pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office to issue a directive to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to shelve court proceedings against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. […]

Trudeau says he didn’t direct Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin case

Feb 7 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confronted allegations of political interference by his office on Thursday, saying he did not “direct” Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister and attorney-general to abandon the criminal prosecution of a Montreal corporate giant. But he repeatedly refused to say whether his office tried to influence her to do so. The […]

Trudeau set to face grilling on McCallum firing when Parliament resumes Monday

Jan 27 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired Canada’s envoy to China on the eve of Parliament’s return with the opposition parties poised to exploit John McCallum’s controversial statements that appeared to side with Beijing’s assertions that the arrest of a Huawei executive was politically motivated. The Conservatives gave notice on Friday it planned to table a motion […]

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 […]