National Newswatch

Cotler appointed Canada’s envoy for Holocaust remembrance, fighting anti-Semitism

Nov 25 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Irwin Cotler, a former Liberal cabinet minister and longtime advocate for human rights, has been appointed Canada's first special envoy for Holocaust remembrance and combating anti-Semitism. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment Monday, saying Jewish communities in Canada and around the world face rising anti-Semitism. Cotler emphasized that between 1942 and 1944, […]

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 […]