National Newswatch

Chinese ambassador denies intimidation of Chinese-Canadians

Aug 13 2020 — John Ivison — Any moves by Canada to sanction Chinese officials for human rights violations against the Muslim Uyghur population would be met with a “strong and resolute reaction,” according to China’s ambassador in Ottawa. A letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by 64 Canadian MPs and senators called for sanctions to be levied against officials deemed […]

Ottawa’s fig-leaf excuse for inviting Chinese X-rays into Canada’s embassies just blew away

Aug 11 2020 — John Ivison — A story in the Taipei Times earlier this year detailed how a senior official in Taiwan’s airport security police was convicted of taking kickbacks related to a multimillion dollar contract to supply X-ray scanners to the Taiwanese government. Investigators alleged that the Chinese company supplying the scanners had sent a 30-something female sales manager to […]

Where’s Mark Carney? With no suitable vacancy in Ottawa, he’ll be serving the country as advisor on economic recovery

Aug 10 2020 — John Ivison — The echo chamber of Canadian politics reverberated with some particularly juicy scuttlebutt last week. Mark Carney was set to announce as a Liberal candidate and become Canada’s finance minister, it was heard and said. The utterly imaginary ascended to the level of sure thing, thanks to two events. First, well-regarded York Centre Liberal MP Michael […]

As the WE scandal rises, Bill Morneau can feel himself sinking

Jul 22 2020 — John Ivison — Bill Morneau looked like a drowning man after he revealed to a parliamentary committee that he had received $41,000 in paid travel and hospitality from WE Charity, the organization his government subsequently handed a $900 million contribution agreement. The finance minister cut a forlorn figure, at the mercy of wind and tide, as he apologized […]

WE scandal has the potential to lead to Humpty Dumpty’s fall

Jul 21 2020 — John Ivison — The public service was not aware that WE faced financial problems when it recommended the charity receive a $900 million contribution agreement with Ottawa to promote student volunteerism, the country’s top bureaucrat told a parliamentary committee. Yet the question that remains unanswered is: Did Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau know about WE’s predicament?

Trudeau government’s Chinese contract not short on stupidity

Jul 21 2020 — John Ivison — It is a good maxim when watching the government not to attribute to malice those decisions that can be explained by stupidity. It’s likely that nobody in the government of Canada really wanted to award a state-owned Chinese company the contract to supply sensitive security equipment to 170 embassies and consulates around the world, especially […]

Chinese government-owned firm wins $6.8M contract to supply security equipment to Canada’s embassies

Jul 17 2020 — John Ivison — The government of Canada has awarded an estimated $6.8 million contract to a state-owned Chinese company to supply security equipment for 170 embassies, consulates and high commissions around the globe. The contract for conveyor-style X-ray machines was awarded to Beijing-based Nuctech Company, a company owned by the Chinese government and founded by the son of […]

With Trudeau it’s always repent, rinse, and repeat

Jul 13 2020 — John Ivison — There is a familiar rhythm to Justin Trudeau’s leadership – he commits a cardinal error of judgment, offers a misty-eyed admission of guilt, the dogs bark and the caravan moves on. The current controversy over the awarding of a $900 million contract to the WE Charity has the usual cadence – and there is no […]

We are heading for a ‘Trudeau III’ ethics report

Jul 9 2020 — John Ivison — The Ethics Commissioner’s second report on conflict of interest violations by the prime minister in the SNC-Lavalin scandal was titled: “Trudeau II,” so it is fair to assume that his investigation into alleged improprieties over the awarding of a $900 million contract to the WE charity will be labelled “Trudeau III.” One has to admire […]

What’s wrong with this snapshot?

Jul 8 2020 — John Ivison — It was heartening to see a finance minister provide clarity, imagination and hope amid the COVID chaos. He ruled out further extensions to wage subsidies beyond October but made it cheaper for people to buy homes; reduced consumption taxes for food and accommodation; offered restaurant discounts for people who “eat out to help out,” and […]