National Newswatch

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 […]

Ottawa launches probe of cyber security

Sep 19 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Canada is conducting a national security analysis to minimize cyberthreats to the country from equipment made by foreign telecommunications companies, including China’s Huawei – a study that has gained importance since the United States and Australia banned the telecom giant from participating in new wireless cellular networks.

Ottawa probes Huawei devices for security threats

Sep 7 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Canadian government has publicly acknowledged it has been conducting security tests since 2013 on smartphones and telecommunication equipment sold in Canada by Chinese giant Huawei, a company the United States and Australia regard as a potential tool for state-sponsored cyberspying. Under pressure from the United States to ban Huawei, which is a major sponsor […]

U.S. lawmakers warn Canada about Chinese telecom giant Huawei

Jun 18 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Senior lawmakers on U.S. intelligence committees are warning the Trudeau government that Chinese smartphone maker Huawei – which has turned Canada into a key research centre for next-generation mobile technology – is a national-security threat to a network of Canada’s allies. Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Democratic Senator Mark Warner told The Globe and Mail […]

Aecon deal threatened Canadian sovereignty, Trudeau says

May 24 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his cabinet vetoed a Chinese state-owned conglomerate’s takeover of one of Canada’s largest construction companies because of concerns it could control critical infrastructure projects and threaten Canadian sovereignty. Mr. Trudeau declined to outline the details of the national-security threats that led Ottawa to block the proposed $1.5-billion acquisition of Aecon […]

Ottawa sued for $195-million over Canadian visa services contract

Mar 29 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The federal government is being sued for $195-million for cancelling an $867-million contract to manage Canadian visa application centres around the world, a dispute that ended up at the cabinet table. The retendered contract, now valued at $1-billion, was awarded last month to VF Worldwide Holdings, an Indian company that previously handled Canadian visa services […]

Federal government won’t block Huawei’s business in Canada

Mar 20 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The opposition parties have urged the federal government to re-evaluate the risks of allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei to sell smartphones and telecommunications equipment to Canadians over fears of cyberspying. But Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told Parliament on Monday that Ottawa will not block Huawei from doing business in Canada and insisted steps have […]

Jagmeet Singh defends Sikh rally attendance

Mar 16 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is unapologetic for attending rallies featuring Sikh extremists who extolled political violence to create a homeland separate from India, but says he has no view as a Canadian federal politician on the issue of Sikh independence. Mr. Singh also acknowledged, for the first time, that he now accepts that Talwinder Singh […]

Jagmeet Singh attended 2016 seminar with Sikh youth leader who advocated political violence

Mar 14 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh participated in a pro-sovereignty seminar in 2016 with the co-founder of the British-based National Sikh Youth Federation who endorsed the use of political violence as a “legitimate form of resistance” to achieve an independent Sikh homeland in India. This is the second instance where Mr. Singh has taken part in events […]

Canadian officials urged to reconsider Anbang Insurance health-care deal

Feb 24 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Liberal government is facing calls to reconsider its decision to let Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group buy a stake in British Columbia’s health-care sector after the Chinese government announced it had assumed direct control of the massive conglomerate. Last year, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains approved the sale of Retirement Concepts, one […]

Elections commissioner examining Liberal MP Majid Jowhari’s fundraiser

Feb 20 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The office of the elections commissioner is examining a fundraiser organized by Liberal MP Majid Jowhari that is opposed by his own Richmond Hill riding association but endorsed by federal party headquarters. Mr. Jowhari, an Iranian-born Canadian who has advocated for closer ties to Tehran since his election in 2015, has organized a $150-a-plate fundraiser […]