National Newswatch

Experts, advocates call on Trudeau to declare Rohingya crisis genocide

Sep 18 2018 — Michelle Zilio — More than 100 legal experts, civil-society organizations and human-rights advocates are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government to declare the violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar genocide. In a letter to Mr. Trudeau on Monday, the signatories called on the Liberal government to “live up to Canada’s international legal obligations under the […]

Human-rights lawyer Cotler asks Trudeau to consider granting Saudi political prisoner permanent residency

Aug 30 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Renowned international human-rights lawyer and former Liberal Justice minister Irwin Cotler is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider giving Raif Badawi permanent residency, as a part of a larger effort to free the high-profile Saudi political prisoner. Mr. Cotler made the pitch to the Prime Minister during a meeting on Parliament Hill Thursday, where […]

More former Liberal cabinet ministers urge government to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary Canadian citizenship

Aug 30 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Two more former Liberal cabinet ministers have joined calls for the federal government to strip Myanmar’s embattled de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of her honorary Canadian citizenship, despite concerns the move could harm Canada’s efforts to help resolve the Rohingya crisis. Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock said it is time for the Liberal […]

Top public servant does not agree Phoenix pay system was ‘incomprehensible failure’

Jun 12 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Canada’s top public servant went on the offensive against the Auditor-General on Tuesday, saying the Phoenix public-service pay system is not the “incomprehensible failure” it was recently called in a scathing report. Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick challenged Auditor-General Michael Ferguson’s assertion that the problems with the system, which has failed to pay tens of […]

Freeland urges Iran to allow Canadian widow to leave the country

Jun 6 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called her Iranian counterpart directly and demanded he help resolve a high-profile consular case involving an Iranian-Canadian widow that has become a source of tensions between the two countries. After months of requests from Canada, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif finally agreed to speak with Ms. Freeland by phone on […]

Immigration Minister declines to say whether Ottawa will seek power to turn away U.S. border-crossers

May 24 2018 — Michelle Zilio — The Immigration Minister is refusing to say whether the federal government will seek the power to automatically turn away thousands of refugee claimants who walk across the border under an asylum agreement with the United States. Speaking to the House of Commons during a marathon session on Thursday night, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen faced repeated […]