National Newswatch

Canadians’ negative impressions harden toward China

Aug 11 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — China’s hostage diplomacy and punishing economic sanctions against Canada have further hardened Canadians’ attitudes toward Beijing’s authoritarian government, according to a new poll. The July Nanos Research poll, conducted for The Globe and Mail, also found that 40 per cent of Canadians surveyed believe the Trudeau government has done a very poor or poor job […]

Chrétien proposes cancelling Meng’s extradition case to unfreeze relations with China

Jun 13 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Jean Chrétien is floating the idea of having Canada’s Justice Minister exercise his legal authority to stop the U.S. extradition of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou as the means to normalize diplomatic relations with China, sources say.The former Liberal prime minister, who last week offered to serve as Canada’s special envoy to China to help […]

Majority of Canadians believe Ottawa should ban Huawei from 5G networks, poll shows

Jun 12 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mulls whether to ban Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei from Canada’s next-generation 5G wireless networks on grounds of national security, a new poll shows more than half of Canadians favour barring the company. A majority of Canadians believe the federal government should follow the lead of several of Canada’s Five […]

Ottawa alerts Irving Shipbuilding over reporters’ queries about contract

May 30 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The federal government alerted New Brunswick’s Irving family that The Globe and Mail was seeking information from public servants about whether the family’s shipbuilding company had claimed an Alberta French fry plant as an industrial benefit of a contract to build warships for the Canadian navy. The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development said […]

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 […]