National Newswatch

Trudeau links global campaign on arbitrary detention declaration to China

Sep 17 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada spearheaded an international declaration denouncing state-sponsored arbitrary detentions because of China's decision to imprison Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Trudeau made the connection for the first time Friday during a federal election campaign appearance in Windsor, Ont. In February, when the federal government announced that it had […]

Canada’s last military flight leaves Kabul before deadly twin bombings rock airport

Aug 26 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's military mission in Afghanistan ended Thursday, leaving an unknown number of Canadians and their families trapped just hours before suicide bombers staged a "complex attack" on crowds at the airport in Kabul, killing more than a dozen U.S. soldiers and nearly 100 local Afghans. The withdrawal occurred as Canada and its military […]

Biden rejects U.S. extension in Kabul, as Trudeau, G7 leaders extend offers to stay

Aug 24 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered Tuesday to keep Canadian military personnel in Afghanistan after Aug. 31, his fellow G7 leaders were not able to persuade President Joe Biden to extend the American deadline for withdrawal. Trudeau, emerging from a virtual summit with his G7 counterparts, said Canada would keep special forces operatives […]

Second Canadian fight leaves chaotic Kabul on Friday with 106 Afghans on board

Aug 21 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A C-17 Globemaster transport plane evacuated 106 more Afghans from the chaotic Kabul airport on Friday and brought them to a safe third country, Canadian officials said Saturday. The flight was Canada's second one out of Kabul since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban last weekend, a development that destabilized the country, sowed chaos […]

Canada heralds first COVAX vaccine in Africa; NDP criticizes Canada for using program

Feb 24 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — International Development Minister Karina Gould says the first injection of a COVID-19 vaccine in Ghana is a significant milestone for a new global vaccine-sharing program created to bring doses to low-income countries. "This is the first time in history that such a mechanism has been created. And we've been huge supporters and champions […]

Conservatives win all-party support of Uighur genocide vote in House of Commons

Feb 22 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's House of Commons voted unanimously in favour Monday of a Conservative motion declaring as genocide the atrocities committed against ethnic Muslim Uighurs in China's Xinjiang province. Liberal backbenchers answered the Conservative call to back what was a largely symbolic declaration. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all but one of his cabinet ministers […]

Chinese ambassador denounces pending vote by Canadian MPs on Uighur genocide

Feb 20 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — China's envoy to Canada is telling Canadian parliamentarians to butt out of his country's internal affairs through their pending vote on declaring a genocide against ethnic Muslim Uighurs in its Xinjiang province. Cong Peiwu, the Chinese ambassador to Canada, reiterated his government's view that there is no mistreatment of Uighurs, labelling accusations from […]

Trudeau pledges more cash as G7 leaders aim for wider COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Feb 19 2021 — Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government has agreed to boost its funding for vaccine rollouts in lower-income countries, pledging $75 million more to the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program as other wealthy countries step up their commitments as well. The announcement came as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted Justin Trudeau and their G7 counterparts for a […]