National Newswatch

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 […]

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 […]