National Newswatch

Trudeau links global campaign on arbitrary detention declaration to China

Sep 17 2021 — Mike Blanchfield — 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, allies watchful of how China will fill Western void in Afghanistan

Sep 5 2021 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — With the United States and its allies, Canada included, having left Afghanistan firmly in the hands of the Taliban, another world power is stepping into the void to exert its influence on the troubled country — China.  Analysts predict that could transform the recent political foe into an unexpected Western ally on a […]

Federal parties scrap over guns, COVID-19 response on Day 21 of federal campaign

Sep 4 2021 — Mike Blanchfield — The three main federal parties traded fire Saturday over their responses to gun violence and to the resurgence of COVID-19 on Day 21 of the federal election campaign. Liberal candidate Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, unloaded on Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's response to the Liberal government's ban on some 1,500 firearm models, including […]

Garneau says Americans got 500 more Canadians out of Kabul on Thursday flight

Aug 27 2021 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says 500 more Canadians were flown out of Kabul on an American flight Thursday. Canada's military mission in Afghanistan ended that day, leaving an unknown number of Canadians and their families trapped, as well as vulnerable Afghans who fear Taliban reprisals. The Canadian withdrawal was followed by an […]

NDP Leader Singh’s visit to unmarked graves focuses campaign on Indigenous hardships

Aug 20 2021 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh focused the federal election campaign Friday on the hardships facing Indigenous communities in Canada amid the horrific discoveries of unmarked burial sites near former residential schools. Singh made the campaign's first stop in an Indigenous community with a visit to the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, which announced […]

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

Feb 22 2021 — Mike Blanchfield — 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 — 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 — 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 […]