National Newswatch

8 questions the justice committee is likely to ask Jody Wilson-Raybould today

Feb 27 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will appear before the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday to present her version of events surrounding her departure from the federal cabinet. While before MPs, the following eight questions are likely to come up in one form or another as the committee tries to determine whether the Prime Minister’s […]

The 9 faces at the centre of the Jody Wilson-Raybould, PMO affair

Feb 15 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — This week, the House of Commons justice and human rights committee held an emergency meeting to probe allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office applied pressure to the minister of justice to help the Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution in a bribery case. During that meeting, Liberal, Conservative and NDP MPs sparred over which […]

Global Affairs Canada warns Canadians to avoid ‘all’ travel to Venezuela

Feb 5 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Global Affairs Canada has updated its official travel advisory for Venezuela to warn Canadians to avoid all travel to the South American country because of the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis there. “Avoid all travel to Venezuela due to the significant level of violent crime, the unstable political and economic situations and the decline in […]

Lima Group embraces Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido, calls on military to quit Maduro

Feb 4 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — The countries of the Lima Group completed their meeting in Ottawa on the crisis in Venezuela today — proclaiming the South American nation’s opposition leader and its National Assembly as full members of the multi-nation group while ruling out military intervention to end the humanitarian crisis gripping the oil-rich nation. The move elevates Venezuelan opposition […]

China envoy McCallum walks back comments on Meng Wanzhou case

Jan 24 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Canada’s ambassador to China now says he regrets making comments earlier this week that suggested Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive detained in Canada on a U.S. extradition request, has a strong case that her arrest was politically motivated. “I regret that my comments with respect to the legal proceedings of Ms. Meng have created confusion. […]

Trudeau accuses China of violating diplomatic immunity in arrest of Michael Kovrig

Jan 11 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accusing China of ignoring the “principles of diplomatic immunity” by “arbitrarily and unfairly” detaining two Canadian citizens, one of whom is a Canadian diplomat on leave. It marks the first time Trudeau, or the Canadian government, have accused the Chinese government of violating the diplomatic immunity of Michael Kovrig, who […]

Liberals’ election reform bill becomes law on last day of parliamentary sitting

Dec 13 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — After receiving royal assent today — the final day of the current parliamentary sitting before the Christmas break — the Liberal government’s electoral reform bill, C-76, is now law. The Trudeau government tabled C-76 last year. It limits the length of federal election campaigns, restricts the amount of spending allowed in the period immediately before […]