National Newswatch

‘Absolutely false’: U.S. ambassador denies political motive behind Huawei exec’s arrest

Dec 11 2018 — Katie Simpson — Donald Trump’s top representative in Canada is denying Chinese claims of a political motive behind the arrest in Canada of a key executive with the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei. U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said the claim circulating in Chinese state media that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Canada was politically engineered to punish Chinese […]

Opposition parties demand Trudeau explain his plan to end U.S. tariffs

Dec 4 2018 — Katie Simpson — It’s a political long-shot, but opposition parties are teaming up to find out more about what Ottawa is doing to get the Trump administration to lift its tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Conservative and New Democrat MPs are calling for an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on International Trade to consider a motion […]

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attends USMCA celebration despite opposing new trade deal

Oct 31 2018 — Katie Simpson — Quebec NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice also praises efforts toward reaching ‘the best deal possible.’ Overlooking Parliament Hill, in one of the National Arts Centre’s newly renovated party rooms, drinks flowed through a crowd bursting with happy hugs and handshakes. Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, invited politicians, trade negotiators, political staff, and journalists, to a mix-and-mingle […]

‘She’s way out of her league’: Steel exec slams Freeland’s handling of tariff fight

Oct 19 2018 — Katie Simpson — A prominent Canadian steel executive told MPs this week that Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland​’s “ego” is getting in the way of ending American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Barry Zekelman, the chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries, delivered a scathing assessment Thursday of how the Liberal government is handling the tariff fight with […]

From clashes to candy, the evolution of Chrystia Freeland’s relationship with her U.S. trade counterpart

Oct 10 2018 — Katie Simpson — Inside an upscale semi-detached home, in the heart of one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, two unlikely friends sat down for dinner. After thirteen months of bitter trade talks, complete with shouting outbursts and blunt exchanges, Canada’s foreign affairs minister invited her U.S. counterpart to a celebratory meal at her home on Tuesday evening. Chrystia […]

Liberals to face ‘louder’ criticism at home over NAFTA, Conservatives vow

Sep 17 2018 — Katie Simpson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is about to become the target of sharp criticism at home over his government’s handling of NAFTA negotiations. The Conservatives say they are “frustrated” with the way the Liberals have managed the talks to date and will be more vocal in highlighting their concerns going forward. “You’re going to hear the […]

Canada prepared to play deadline spoiler in NAFTA talks: source

Sep 14 2018 — Katie Simpson — In the face of mounting pressure to wrap up NAFTA negotiations by the end of the month, a senior source suggests Canada is comfortable with missing that deadline. The source who spoke to CBC News on background, due to the sensitivity of the talks, said the external political pressure “is not a good enough reason,” […]

High level NAFTA preparation meetings set for Ottawa on Wednesday

Aug 7 2018 — Katie Simpson — Canada’s ambassador to Washington will be in Ottawa Wednesday for a series of high level discussions with Canadian officials to prepare for the resumption of NAFTA negotiations. David MacNaughton is expected to sit down with members of the Prime Minister’s Office — including Chief of Staff Katie Telford — and trade officials to discuss strategy […]

U.S., Australia undermining China’s trading relationship with Canada, ambassador suggests

Jul 10 2018 — Katie Simpson — China is keen to launch formal free trade talks with Canada, but its envoy to Ottawa suggests that Canada’s own allies could be souring the relationship. During an hour-long interview with CBC News conducted Monday through an independent Mandarin translator, China’s ambassador to Canada accused the United States and Australia of smearing China’s reputation. “I […]

Trump’s lumber tariffs make home ownership too expensive for more than a million Americans

Jun 22 2018 — Katie Simpson — One of Donald Trump’s protectionist “America first” policies is partly to blame for making home ownership too costly for more than one million Americans. According to the U.S.-based National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), American tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber have caused housing prices in the United States to jump by an average of $9,000 […]