National Newswatch

Canada, Britain ink new trade deal, beating Brexit, incorporating expiring EU pact

Nov 21 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada and Britain struck a new trade deal on Saturday, allowing the long-standing partners to trumpet a commercial triumph in the face of the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The interim deal beat the looming Dec. 31 Brexit deadline, replacing Canada's current agreement with Britain under the European Union that covers […]

Canada, Britain ink new trade deal, beating Brexit, incorporating expiring EU pact

Nov 21 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada and Britain struck a new trade deal on Saturday, allowing the long-standing partners to trumpet a commercial triumph in the face of the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The interim deal beat the looming Dec. 31 Brexit deadline, replacing Canada's current agreement with Britain under the European Union that covers […]

Tories push Liberals to decide 5G, Huawei amid China imprisonment of Kovrig, Spavor

Nov 17 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Chinese telecom giant Huawei rose to dominance by stealing the technology of the defunct Canadian firm Nortel, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says. O'Toole levelled the industrial-espionage charge against Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday as he announced that the Conservatives are pushing the Liberals to decide within 30 days which companies […]

Tories push Liberals to decide 5G, Huawei amid China imprisonment of Kovrig, Spavor

Nov 17 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Chinese telecom giant Huawei rose to dominance by stealing the technology of the defunct Canadian firm Nortel, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says. O'Toole levelled the industrial-espionage charge against Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday as he announced that the Conservatives are pushing the Liberals to decide within 30 days which companies […]

A ‘crackdown’ on journalism is dangerous to democracy: PM on global media freedom

Nov 16 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted the work of journalists working under pressure in Hong Kong and Belarus at Monday's international conference on media freedom. Canada has been vocal in condemning the clampdowns on democracy and free expression by the Chinese government in the former British colony of Hong Kong and the fraudulent presidential […]

A ‘crackdown’ on journalism is dangerous to democracy: PM on global media freedom

Nov 16 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted the work of journalists working under pressure in Hong Kong and Belarus at Monday's international conference on media freedom. Canada has been vocal in condemning the clampdowns on democracy and free expression by the Chinese government in the former British colony of Hong Kong and the fraudulent presidential […]

Help for Canadians in Hong Kong announced, as committee says Uighurs face ‘genocide’

Nov 12 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government announced long-awaited plans Thursday to help Canadians living in Hong Kong amid the Chinese clampdown on democracy in the territory. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Canada is creating a new measure targeting students and young people in Hong Kong: a work permit designed to help them get permanent Canadian residency […]

Help for Canadians in Hong Kong announced, as committee says Uighurs face ‘genocide’

Nov 12 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government announced long-awaited plans Thursday to help Canadians living in Hong Kong amid the Chinese clampdown on democracy in the territory. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Canada is creating a new measure targeting students and young people in Hong Kong: a work permit designed to help them get permanent Canadian residency […]

Trudeau congratulates Joe Biden on victory in U.S. presidential election

Nov 7 2020 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau eagerly ushered in a new era of co-operation with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday, as Alberta's Jason Kenney made a thinly veiled request to preserve the Keystone XL pipeline.Trudeau's statement of congratulations to Biden and running mate Kamala Harris came about 45 minutes after the Democrats won Pennsylvania […]