National Newswatch

Trudeau, Tusk take aim at Trump, and fixing WTO at Canada-EU summit

Jul 18 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Council President Donald Tusk ended a summit Thursday that was bathed in the symbolism of solidarity with critical words for U.S. President Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric towards female congresswomen. Trudeau and Tusk also pledged to find ways to preserve a World Trade Organization appeals panel that faces paralysis […]

Trudeau pushes trade pact in EU summit as France moves ahead on CETA

Jul 17 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — MONTREAL — Lawmakers in France began their ratification of the comprehensive trade agreement between the European Union and Canada as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed one of the leaders of the 28-country bloc to Montreal on Wednesday. Trudeau has been pushing hard for a win on trade and foreign policy after two difficult years marked […]

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Jul 15 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — PETAWAWA, Ont. — President Donald Trump's suggestion that four female members of Congress should go back where they came from if they don't like America wouldn't fly in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Trudeau avoided using Trump's name when he was asked about the president's Twitter comments at an appearance at a military base […]

‘Facts’ show Trump supports NATO despite criticism, Stoltenberg says

Jul 15 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — PETAWAWA, Ont. — Despite President Donald Trump's anti-NATO rhetoric, the "facts on the ground" in Europe show the United States is more supportive of the alliance than before, says NATO's chief. "We have seen this, not only words, but also in deeds, the United States, together with Canada, is increasing its military presence in Europe […]

Global concern grows over Canada’s funding of fight against AIDS, TB, malaria

Jul 15 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — International concern is growing in medical and development circles that the Trudeau government is about to step back from its much-publicized global leadership on eradicating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In 2016, Trudeau announced with fanfare that Canada was contributing $804 million to the Global Fund, a 24-per-cent increase to the international organization that aims to […]

Clooney calls out Trump media vilification at press freedom gathering

Jul 11 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — U.S. President Donald Trump's attacks on the media make reporters more vulnerable to abuse around the world, a prominent lawyer for the rights of journalists told an international gathering on Wednesday. Amal Clooney didn't mention Trump by name but singled out the phenomenon as happening in the country of James Madison, a Founding […]

U.S.-Iran tension has implications for Canadian troops in Iraq: analysts

Jul 8 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — The escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf between Iran and the United States have implications for the future safety of Canadian troops in Iraq, analysts suggested Monday. Canada has about 850 military personnel there, including regular troops, special forces, medical specialists and helicopter air crews, as well as holding the leadership of the […]

Canada seeks international support to ban Russian-issued passports in Ukraine

Jul 3 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Canada is courting international support for its plan to reject Russian passports given to Ukrainian citizens in the parts of Ukraine occupied by Kremlin-backed separatists. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has presented technical details of a plan to allies attending this week's Ukraine reform conference in Toronto so they can follow […]

Corruption in Ukraine hurts reform, U.S. envoy says as Toronto conference begins

Jul 2 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Ukraine's weak judicial system is hurting the country's prospects for reform, which is the only way it will ultimately overcome Russia's ongoing aggression, says the Trump administration's point man on the embattled country. "You have a judiciary that has been subject to political influences from various directions for a long time," said Kurt […]

China asks for suspension of Canadian meat, citing forged certificates

Jun 26 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — The Chinese Embassy said Tuesday it has asked Canada to suspend all meat exports, a surprise move that comes amid the diplomatic dispute over the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. The latest Chinese move comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to depart Wednesday for a G20 leaders' summit in Japan, where he is expected to […]

New Ukraine president, and former actor, to meet Trudeau in Toronto

Jun 25 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Ukraine's new president will visit Toronto next week for a major international conference on his country's future that Canada is hosting, and where he will meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau's office said he and Volodymyr Zelenskiy will discuss Ukraine's reform efforts and its path toward integration with Europe. Zelenskiy, a popular actor and comedian, but a political neophyte, […]