National Newswatch

Consumers Still in a Rut as Soft Economy Adds to Trudeau’s Woes

Mar 4 2019 — Josh Wingrove — The bad news just keeps coming for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Confidence among consumers remains sluggish — well below the 12-month average on widespread expectations the economy will stagnate or weaken, telephone polling shows. Canadians are more confident in their job security than they have been in years, but that hasn’t extended into better […]

Canada’s Boy Wonder Prime Minister Is Aging as Elections Loom

Feb 13 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Justin Trudeau’s top rival in Canada’s October general election is, technically, Andrew Scheer, a pro-Brexit Conservative Party leader running a campaign of suburban values and smaller government in an attempt to hold the prime minister to one term. But lately, Scheer’s had help in weakening Trudeau’s brand—from Trudeau himself.

Trudeau Is Months Away From a Huawei 5G Decision, Sources Say

Jan 18 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Justin Trudeau’s government is still conducting its security review of 5G telecommunications systems and is months away from a decision on whether to restrict Huawei Technologies Co., people familiar with the plans say. Canadian security agencies continue to study the issue, including what potential security vulnerabilities exist, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity […]

Trudeau’s U.S. Envoy Confident on USMCA Passage, Tariff Relief

Jan 17 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Canada’s ambassador to Washington is confident that the U.S. will both pass the revised North American trade deal and lift tariffs on steel and aluminum. David MacNaughton, speaking to reporters Wednesday in Sherbrooke, Quebec, during a cabinet meeting, said there are “no negotiations going on” to resolve the U.S.-Canada tariff dispute but that the government […]

China’s Seizure of Two Canadians ‘Not Acceptable,’ Trudeau Says

Dec 14 2018 — Josh Wingrove — China’s arrest of two Canadians is unacceptable and an example of worrying fallout from a U.S.-China trade war, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. Trudeau addressed the Chinese capture of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in a television interview Friday morning. Those arrests came nine days after Canada, acting on a request from the U.S., detained […]

Trudeau Still Canadians’ Top Pick for Taming Trump, Poll Shows

Oct 16 2018 — Josh Wingrove — Justin Trudeau’s government is under increasing attack for its U.S. trade deal, but Canadians still see the prime minister as the best bet for dealing with Donald Trump. In a Nanos Research poll conducted for Bloomberg, 39 percent of Canadians say Trudeau is the best for managing ties with the U.S. president. Another 22 percent […]

USMCA China clause latest blow to Trudeau’s Asia ambitions

Oct 4 2018 — Josh Wingrove — Justin Trudeau dreams of closer Canadian ties with China. The deal he just made with Donald Trump makes it harder for that to happen. The new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico includes a provision that requires one member to notify the others if it launches trade talks with a non-market economy. If […]

Trudeau Rejects ‘Race to the Bottom’ With U.S.

May 30 2018 — Josh Wingrove — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be biting his tongue when it comes to his personal views on Donald Trump — but he’s not holding back about his U.S. counterpart’s signature tax cuts. His message? He’s not Trump. “We have to ask the question whether the tax cuts that they’ve brought in in the United […]

Canada Is Likely to Buy Full Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

May 29 2018 — Josh Wingrove — Canada is likely to buy Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline and its controversial expansion project in a bid to ensure it gets built amid fierce opposition, according to a person familiar with the talks. Buying the pipeline outright has become increasingly likely and is now the most probable option for the Canadian […]

Trump Sets Deadline on Metal Tariffs, Pressuring Nafta Talks

Mar 23 2018 — Josh Wingrove — U.S. President Donald Trump has put new pressure on Nafta negotiations with an order saying he’ll impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico on May 1 if he’s not satisfied with talks. Trump’s presidential proclamation Thursday sets tariffs for some countries as of Friday while excluding others such as Canada and Mexico. The […]

Trudeau Floats Tariffs to Prevent Flood of Steel Through Canada

Mar 13 2018 — Josh Wingrove — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada could use tariffs to fight any “increased pressure” of steel dumping into Canada aimed at circumventing new U.S. restrictions. The tariffs Donald Trump unveiled last week could prompt steel to be shipped instead through Canada to skirt the levies, Trudeau said Tuesday at an ArcelorMittal Dofasco plant in Hamilton, […]