National Newswatch

Parliament passes Tory motion to demand government decision on Huawei, 5G

Nov 18 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — A united federal opposition has supported a Conservative motion to insist the Liberal government take a harder line against what it says are national-security threats from China. The motion, sponsored by Tory foreign affairs critic Michael Chong, passed Wednesday by 179 votes to 146 and calls on the government to decide within 30 […]

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

Nov 17 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — 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 […]

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

Nov 12 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — 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 — 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 […]

Trudeau affirms faith in U.S. democracy as Trump questions election integrity

Nov 6 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau affirmed his faith in the American people and their democratic institutions on Friday as the U.S. election results continued to trend in Democrat Joe Biden's favour. Trudeau refused to be directly drawn in to responding to President Donald Trump's complaints — without evidence — that the counting of ballots […]

Tory critic dismisses Chinese pandemic ‘excuse’ barring access to two Michaels

Oct 11 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — China can no longer credibly use the "excuse" of COVID-19 to continue keeping Canadian diplomats from visiting Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the Conservative foreign affairs critic says. Conservative MP Michael Chong also says this past week’s virtual consular visits to Kovrig and Spavor should have happened much sooner.  "COVID-19 is an excuse […]