National Newswatch

U.S. wants Canada to share travel information on convicted child sex offenders

Feb 2 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The U.S. government says it’s frustrated that Ottawa refuses to routinely notify Washington when Canadians convicted of sexual offences against children travel to the United States, noting that it alerts Canada when the same class of American offenders are heading here. The Americans say Canada cites federal privacy law as the reason. The United States […]

Canadian spycraft at risk if documents released on scientists’ firing, ex-national security adviser warns

Jan 21 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — eleasing classified information on the firing of two scientists from Canada’s top-security infectious-diseases laboratory could reveal intelligence-gathering tradecraft, says the former civil servant who oversaw the file. Vincent Rigby, who retired in September as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser, said parliamentarians should be able to read secret documents that shed light on the […]

Canada’s cyberspy agency warns of Russian cyberattacks on critical infrastructure

Jan 20 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada’s cyberspy agency is warning of Moscow-backed cyberattacks on Canadian critical infrastructure as Western countries prepare economic sanctions in the growing expectation that Russia will invade Ukraine. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security joined its counterparts in the United States and United Kingdom on Thursday in urging Canadian companies, such as electrical utilities and energy […]

Mobile hospitals Ottawa spent $300-million on sit in storage while Omicron strains Canada’s health system

Jan 14 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Ottawa allocated $300-million at the beginning of the pandemic for the construction of 15 mobile hospitals, but only four 100-bed units have been completed and they are sitting in storage despite the strain on hospitals caused by Omicron across the country. The federal government gave a sole-sourced contract of up to $150-million to a joint […]

Ottawa eyes Indo-Pacific plan to shift trade away from China

Jan 12 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Global Affairs is proposing a multibillion-dollar Indo-Pacific strategy that would shift Canada’s reliance away from China by diversifying trade and investment in Asia, the Pacific Rim and beyond while boosting security and international assistance contributions to the region. The federal plan, which is costed at $3.5-billion over five years, has been circulated within the top […]

Canada’s spy agency warns MPs to beware of influence operations from China

Jan 11 2022 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada’s spy agency for the first time is warning individual MPs and senators from all major parties about influence operations being carried out by China and other adversarial states. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has become increasingly alarmed about efforts by China and its agents of influence to covertly cultivate relations with elected officials […]

Michael Sabia was greeted as a game changer as Canada’s deputy finance minister. A year later, he has made little headway

Dec 13 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Michael Sabia spent decades helming major Canadian companies before the Liberal government recruited him to be deputy minister of the federal Department of Finance in late 2020. He accepted the job, he said at the time, in order to drive an economic-growth agenda in Ottawa. But so far, according to many with direct knowledge of […]

Conservatives table counteroffer to Liberal proposal on ending standoff over virus lab papers

Dec 9 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Conservative Party has rejected a Liberal proposal to resolve a standoff over secret documents the government is refusing to disclose about the firing of two scientists from Canada’s top-security virus laboratory. In the face of opposition-party efforts to force these documents to be made public, the Liberals offered last week to turn them over […]

Early signs of Liberal leadership ambitions as Chrystia Freeland biography in works

Nov 24 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will be the subject of a new biography that the author calls a portrait of the “most powerful woman in Canadian politics” and possible heir apparent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Catherine Tsalikis’s book will feed into a growing perception within the Liberal Party that Canada’s first female Finance Minister […]

Opposition parties demand Trudeau government release secret documents on fired Winnipeg scientists

Nov 24 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Federal opposition parties moved quickly on the first day of the new Parliament to force the Liberal government to release secret documents on the firing of two scientists from Canada’s highest-security laboratory. Conservative House Leader Gérard Deltell mounted an effort Tuesday to resurrect an order of the House of Commons that required the government to […]

RCMP say Canadian companies are now self-reporting allegations of bribery

Nov 10 2021 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — More Canadian companies are self-reporting allegations of bribery and corruption to the RCMP to avoid criminal prosecutions that could land executives in jail and damage their businesses. RCMP Inspector Denis Beaudoin of the National Division Sensitive and International Investigations unit said Canadian companies are taking advantage of a 2018 Criminal Code amendment that could allow […]