National Newswatch

Conservatives confirm they believe Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, echoing Trump

Feb 11 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole said Saturday, marking the first time the federal opposition has taken a clear position on the issue since U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December he would move the American embassy to the disputed city. O’Toole’s comments Saturday came as part of […]

Canada to attend first Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting since Trudeau’s APEC no-show

Jan 19 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Canada will attend a key meeting on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo next week, two months after a high-profile no-show that infuriated its negotiating partners, the Canadian and Japanese governments have confirmed. The meeting of chief negotiators Monday and Tuesday is intended to accelerate progress on the 11-country trade zone after Australia’s […]

Royal Canadian Mint sues Royal Australian Mint in row over poppy coin printing

Jan 18 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The Royal Canadian Mint is suing its Australian counterpart over the way it prints red poppies on its commemorative Remembrance Day coins. Documents filed in Australia’s Federal Court in December allege The Royal Australian Mint used without permission a printing method patented by the Canadian mint — which is now demanding that Australia’s 500,000 commemorative […]

Canada appears offside with U.S. after inviting China to sidelines of Vancouver North Korea meeting

Jan 12 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Canada and the United States don’t seem to agree on whether China should’ve been on the guest list for a North Korea summit both countries are hosting in Vancouver next week. After China’s foreign minister issued a statement this week that heavily criticized the Jan. 16 meeting, U.S. State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein told […]

Despite reports, Canada doesn’t consider Trump’s NAFTA withdrawal inevitable

Jan 10 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The Canadian government is prepared for the possibility U.S. President Donald Trump will withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, senior officials say, though they aren’t entirely convinced that he will. After reports Wednesday afternoon that Canada now considered it inevitable that Trump would try to withdraw the United States from the treaty, one […]

No diplomats recalled from Cuba due to strange symptoms as investigation turns up few clues

Jan 10 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The RCMP continues to investigate mysterious symptoms affecting Canadian diplomats in Cuba, but Canada’s foreign affairs department sees no reason to recall personnel or review its handling of eight cases of confirmed health problems, according to a senior government official. According to the official, who spoke to reporters Wednesday morning under condition of anonymity, Canada […]

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer going to Washington in support of Canada’s trade agenda

Jan 9 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is bringing a delegation to Washington next week to help extend a “united Canadian front” against American protectionism, his office says. Spokesman Jake Enwright confirmed Scheer will travel with several members of his caucus next Tuesday and Wednesday, including deputy leader Lisa Raitt, trade critic Dean Allison, agriculture critic Luc Berthold […]

After report scolding Trudeau, outgoing ethics commissioner says criticisms of her work are ‘unwarranted’

Jan 8 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Canada’s outgoing ethics commissioner says she just about killed herself to finish and publish a report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ethical violations before her term ended. Speaking with the Post on Monday, her last day in the office, Mary Dawson said the weeks leading up to the report — in which Dawson found Trudeau […]

‘We don’t know what Canada wants’: Japanese chorus of confusion grows over Trudeau’s TPP position

Dec 21 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Japan’s former ambassador to Canada has added his voice to those concerned that confusion over Ottawa’s position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership could affect the relationship between the two countries. At last month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam, Trudeau’s decision not to attend a meeting of leaders of the 11 countries negotiating the trade deal […]

In wake of Trudeau’s summit no-show, Japan raises possibility of a Trans-Pacific Partnership without Canada

Dec 18 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau balked at finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership last month, Japanese officials say the other countries in the trade deal could decide to push ahead on it without Canada. The Liberal government continues to have concerns about the agreement — as a concession to Canada, it has been officially renamed the Comprehensive […]

Senate passes bill to remove mention of ‘barbaric cultural practices’ from law passed by Harper Conservatives

Dec 12 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The Senate has approved a bill that would remove mention of “barbaric cultural practices” from a law that outlaws forced marriage. Liberal Sen. Mobina Jaffer introduced the bill in December 2015, shortly after the Liberals won the federal election and less than six months after the previous Conservative government passed the so-called “Zero Tolerance for […]

Trudeau, returning from China, faces pressure to fight for political prisoners with links to Canada

Dec 8 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — On the heels of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to China Thursday, an all-party group was urging the government to step up its interventions for political prisoners in human rights-abusing countries. Lawyer and former Liberal member of parliament Irwin Cotler convened the group on the fourth anniversary of former South African leader Nelson Mandela’s death.