National Newswatch

Liberal MPs block effort to immediately invite Wilson-Raybould to testify further on SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 6 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Liberal MPs blocked an effort by the opposition on Wednesday to immediately invite Jody Wilson-Raybould back to a parliamentary committee to speak further about the government’s effort to put pressure on her to shelve the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., despite the former justice minister’s willingness to testify again. Rather, Liberal members of the […]

More than half of Canadians say charges against SNC-Lavalin should go to criminal trial: poll

Mar 4 2019 — Michelle Zilio — More than half of Canadians say fraud and corruption charges against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. should go to a criminal trial rather than a negotiated settlement where the Montreal engineering and construction giant would pay fines and avoid prosecution, according to a new survey. The numbers, provided exclusively to The Globe and Mail and CTV News, […]

Freeland spoke to Venezuelan opposition leader two weeks before he declared himself interim president, source says

Jan 25 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with Juan Guaido to congratulate him on unifying opposition forces in Venezuela, two weeks before he declared himself interim president. Separately, Ottawa was told by opposition groups, former diplomats and Venezuelan émigré to expect a major announcement on Wednesday, the 61st anniversary of the end of a Venezuela military […]

Canadians targeted in thwarted 2018 terror plot in Israel

Jan 11 2019 — Michelle Zilio — A Canadian delegation was among a group of high-profile targets that a man now convicted of terrorism planned to attack in Jerusalem last year, according to the Israel Security Agency. Muhammad Jamal Rashdeh was sentenced to 11 years in prison in connection with the plot, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday. Israel’s internal security […]

Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since Huawei executive’s arrest, says Ottawa

Jan 3 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since the high-profile arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1, according to a Canadian government official. A Global Affairs Canada spokesperson, Guillaume Bérubé, confirmed the detentions in a statement to The Globe and Mail. Until Thursday, only three Canadians – Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor […]

Feds to temporarily extend one-year period for Yazidi refugees to reunite with family members in Iraq

Dec 6 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office says the federal government will temporarily extend the one-year period for Yazidi genocide survivors in Canada to reunite with their surviving family members who are still languishing in Iraq. Mr. Hussen’s press secretary, Mathieu Genest, said the government is developing a temporary extension of the one-year window for survivors of […]

Peter MacKay signed off on Hassan Diab extradition with no guarantee officials would monitor trial, documents show

Oct 25 2018 — Michelle Zilio — When he was justice minister in 2014, Peter MacKay signed off on Hassan Diab’s extradition to France without any guarantees that consular officials would monitor the Canadian academic’s high-profile trial and despite concerns he could face an unfair process in the European country. Mr. Diab, an Ottawa sociology professor, went on to spend three years […]

Germany freezes arms exports to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi’s death

Oct 22 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Germany is freezing arms exports to Saudi Arabia as Riyadh faces a growing chorus of international condemnation over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate and near-universal disbelief over the kingdom’s shifting explanations for his death. Leaders in the world’s capitals, from Washington to Berlin to Ottawa, lined up on the […]

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 […]