National Newswatch

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, […]

Five Things to know after PM meets Trump, congressional leaders in Washington

Jun 20 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent Thursday in Washington, meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House and getting face time with the top Democrat on Capitol Hill, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Here are five things to take away from the day: 1. Working towards certainty on continental trade uncertainty Trump foisted an acrimonious […]

Trudeau to meet Pelosi, McConnell, as well as Trump in Washington

Jun 19 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — WASHINGTON — Justin Trudeau's meeting with Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday is set to be a deal-making session that could turn on an exchange of favours on North American trade and the plight of two imprisoned Canadians in China. The transactional diplomacy could provide the prime minister with the elusive common ground he has constantly […]

Freeland rebuffs China on Meng in Washington, ahead of Trudeau- Trump meeting

Jun 13 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland firmly rebuffed China's latest demand Thursday to free high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou, saying it would set a dangerous precedent that could endanger all Canadians abroad. The unapologetic rejection came in Washington, where Freeland ended two days of meetings with top Trump administration officials and U.S. lawmakers, a table-setter […]

Rules for new corporate ombud criticized for deferring to companies

Jun 10 2019 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — The federal government is giving its new watchdog on international corporate responsibility unprecedented power to hear complaints from Canadian companies that think they've been unfairly targeted by abuse allegations. Advocates for stronger oversight say they're stunned by a proposed federal regulation that gives companies the right to file complaints against groups they believe […]