National Newswatch

Canada Likely to Proceed With Trans Mountain Expansion

May 7 2019 — Josh Wingrove — The Canadian government is likely to proceed with expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline when it announces its decision next month, officials familiar with the matter say. The government has made no secret about its interest in finding a way to expand the conduit, but has tiptoed around the matter to avoid opening any […]

Canadians Don’t See an Economic Champion Yet in Looming Election

May 6 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Five months from an election, Canadian voters remain undecided on who they think would best grow the economy — the latest signal of a wide-open race. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer are neck-and-neck as the top choices to best manage the country’s growth. But fully half the country favors neither of […]

Canada Urged to File WTO Case Against China Over Canola Feud

Mar 29 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Canada is being urged to launch a World Trade Organization challenge against China over an escalating canola feud between the two countries. China has halted imports of canola — a crop used in cooking and livestock feed — from some Canadian firms. While the Asian country is citing pest and quarantine concerns, the move is […]

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 […]