National Newswatch

China, other ‘autocrats’ no fans of Canada’s UN Security Council bid: expert

Jan 24 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The ill will of autocratic countries like China, and some worthy head-on competitors, should compel the Trudeau government to campaign harder for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, analysts said Friday. That advice came as Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said, after a series of meetings in Africa, he is "cautiously optimistic" about Canada's chances of […]

China, other ‘autocrats’ no fans of Canada’s UN Security Council bid: expert

Jan 24 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The ill will of autocratic countries like China, and some worthy head-on competitors, should compel the Trudeau government to campaign harder for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, analysts said Friday. That advice came as Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said, after a series of meetings in Africa, he is "cautiously optimistic" about Canada's chances of […]

China, Russia under pressure from Myanmar Rohingya genocide ruling: Bob Rae

Jan 23 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — China and Russia face pressure to prevent genocide in Myanmar after Thursday's decision by an international court called on the South Asian country to stop the killing, says Canada's special envoy to the crisis. The unanimous decision by the International Court of Justice is a strong signal to Russia and China, which have blocked the United Nations […]

China, Russia under pressure from Myanmar Rohingya genocide ruling: Bob Rae

Jan 23 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — China and Russia face pressure to prevent genocide in Myanmar after Thursday's decision by an international court called on the South Asian country to stop the killing, says Canada's special envoy to the crisis. The unanimous decision by the International Court of Justice is a strong signal to Russia and China, which have blocked the United Nations […]

Facing minority Parliament, Trudeau tells MPs to play nice with opposition

Jan 23 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is telling his caucus to play nice as Liberal MPs meet before the House of Commons resumes sitting again next week. Trudeau says Canadians sent their elected officials a clear message to do better and they have to take that seriously. He says political grandstanding doesn't create jobs, and his governing party needs […]

Facing minority Parliament, Trudeau tells MPs to play nice with opposition

Jan 23 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is telling his caucus to play nice as Liberal MPs meet before the House of Commons resumes sitting again next week. Trudeau says Canadians sent their elected officials a clear message to do better and they have to take that seriously. He says political grandstanding doesn't create jobs, and his governing party needs […]

Canada to start ratifying new NAFTA next week following U.S. approval: Trudeau

Jan 21 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada will move swiftly next week to formally approve North America's new, long-delayed free trade pact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. The government will introduce a motion to apply some of its elements Jan. 27 when Parliament resumes, and will table legislation to ratify the deal two days later, he said. "Passing the new NAFTA in […]

Canada to start ratifying new NAFTA next week following U.S. approval: Trudeau

Jan 21 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada will move swiftly next week to formally approve North America's new, long-delayed free trade pact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. The government will introduce a motion to apply some of its elements Jan. 27 when Parliament resumes, and will table legislation to ratify the deal two days later, he said. "Passing the new NAFTA in […]

Canada brings home first plane-crash victim, pushes Iran to respect families

Jan 21 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The first body of a Canadian who died in the Tehran plane crash has come home, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday, as the government pushed Iran to respect the wishes of family members who want their loved ones buried in Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne confirmed the repatriation of a Canadian killed in the crash of the Ukraine International […]

Canada brings home first plane-crash victim, pushes Iran to respect families

Jan 21 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The first body of a Canadian who died in the Tehran plane crash has come home, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday, as the government pushed Iran to respect the wishes of family members who want their loved ones buried in Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne confirmed the repatriation of a Canadian killed in the crash of the Ukraine International […]

Countries vow stern signal to Tehran on PS752 in shadow of Iran nuclear deal row

Jan 15 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — LONDON — A dispute over a 2015 deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons is casting a shadow over an international meeting that Canada hopes will lead to justice and financial compensation for the families of the 176 victims aboard an aircraft shot down over Tehran last week. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne arrived late Wednesday in […]

Zelensky says he, Trudeau talk crash punishment, as Iran announces arrests

Jan 14 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have discussed the need to "punish" the Iranians responsible for the downing of the Ukrainian airliner near Tehran last week that killed 176 people. Zelensky was describing his latest conversation with Trudeau in a Twitter posting, hours after Iran announced arrests in the fatal crash. […]