National Newswatch

‘(It’s) the way to go’: Brian Mulroney explains his about-face on cannabis

Oct 18 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, whose government once introduced legislation to keep marijuana in the same legal category as heroin, hasn’t merely become a born-again weed evangelical — he now says Canada is poised to influence the rest of the world to join the cannabis bandwagon. “I’m saying the government’s position that was taken yesterday […]

Freeland to return to Washington this week to continue NAFTA talks

Sep 17 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she’s returning to Washington this week to continue negotiations with her counterpart, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in an effort to conclude negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement. “I’ve been in touch today with Ambassador Lighthizer and his team and we agreed that we would […]

Mulroney skewers Trump with comparison to ‘civilized, modest’ Bush Sr.

Sep 11 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney lavished praise on former U.S. president George Bush senior Tuesday, saying he was a “fantastic” guy whose example offered a sharp contrast to that of the current tenant of the White House. “George Bush was fantastic and still is,” Mulroney told an audience in Ottawa. “I tell you, if you […]

Freeland returning to NAFTA talks Friday in quest for compromise

Sep 6 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will return to the NAFTA negotiating table in Washington on Friday, working toward a compromise in ongoing talks that she described as “productive” and “constructive.” Freeland made the comments late Thursday after a brief meeting with the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to review the work of negotiators throughout […]

Liberals’ plan to revamp resource approval process facing fight on two fronts

Aug 20 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — The Liberal government’s efforts to rewrite the rules for approving major national resource projects in Canada is facing an increasingly tough battle as opposition to the changes strengthens on two distinct fronts. Last week, when Canada’s energy and mines ministers met in Nunavut at the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference, two provinces — Saskatchewan and […]

Early NAFTA deal with Mexico could secure concessions from Canada, U.S. trade representative says

Jul 26 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — The U.S. is hoping for a NAFTA agreement with Mexico this summer that would prompt Canada to soften its negotiating position, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump’s point man on trade made the comments during an appearance before the Senate commerce, justice, science and related agencies […]

‘Not Canadian’: Hussen, MacLeod exchange sharp words over asylum seeker ‘crisis’

Jul 13 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — A meeting between Canada’s federal and provincial immigration ministers ended bitterly Friday, with federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen openly criticizing the Ontario government for what he called a dangerous and un-Canadian approach to the issue of asylum seekers. “They’ve chosen to use false language with respect to so-called queue-jumping, when we have told them over […]