National Newswatch

What’s in store for Chrystia Freeland?

Oct 27 2019 — Matthew Fisher — It is hard to conceive of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not reappointing Chrystia Freeland as his foreign minister. Freeland is regarded as a capable minister in a government with few of them. Nevertheless, Ottawa being Ottawa, there have been rumours that Trudeau may be considering giving Freeland a bigger portfolio.

Canadian Forces studying options for potential Syrian operation

Feb 27 2017 — Matthew Fisher — The Canadian military has begun to study options for an operation in Syria, for the Liberal government to consider as U.S. president Donald Trump hints he may expand the 16-year-old war on terrorism by sending more troops to that country after the offensive to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIL concludes. Officers familiar […]

Trudeau must put emphasis on defence if he wants Trump onside for trade, climate change

Nov 11 2016 — Matthew Fisher — Canada and the United States recalled one of the many ties that bind them Friday at Remembrance Day memorials in Washington and the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice at Arlington National Cemetery. The first ceremony remembered Capt. Joseph Benjamin Noil, an African-Canadian from Liverpool, N.S., who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for in 1872 […]

Fourth-generation Super Hornets just can’t do the job in the Arctic, retired U.S. Air Force general insists

Jul 4 2016 — Matthew Fisher — A recently retired senior U.S. Air Force general with decades of experience defending the margins of North American air space agrees with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that there will be a “capability gap” in defending the northern approaches to the continent. But retired Lt.-Gen. Michael Dubie, a deputy commander of NORAD and of the U.S. […]

Why the Super Hornets will force Canada out of its own north

Jun 13 2016 — Matthew Fisher — The most questionable aspect of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s quixotic decision to renege on the promise of an open competition for Canada’s next fighter jet and suddenly ram through the sole-source purchase of Super Hornets — a decision Postmedia News has revealed it is close to making — is that, by doing so, Canada will […]

Trudeau has mixed success as his first G7 summit wraps up in Japan

May 27 2016 — Matthew Fisher — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got an “unequivocal” commitment from other G7 countries Friday to not pay terrorist groups to release kidnapped hostages and got some backing for Canada’s position that the world’s leading economies most do more to empower women. However, the Canadian leader made far less impact in his bid to get any commitment […]