National Newswatch

‘Playing with fire’: How politicians can perpetuate baseless conspiracy theories

Nov 26 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre took to social media this week with repeated messages to “#StopTheGreatReset.” He says he’s simply criticizing comments Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in a speech at the United Nations and an associated World Economic Forum document, but the terminology of a “Great Reset” has been co-opted by fringe groups who falsely […]

Canada needs to sanction China over treatment of Uighurs, MPs say

Nov 12 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Members of Parliament are continuing to push for the Canadian government to impose sanctions on Chinese officials following a parliamentary study that found the country’s treatment of its Uighur population constitutes “genocide.” Speaking Thursday in a press conference that crossed party lines, current and former members of the House of Commons subcommittee on international human rights addressed […]

Over 20 legion branches close permanently amid coronavirus, more ‘on the brink’

Nov 11 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — As Canadians pay tribute to those who have served, the organizations tasked with supporting veterans are struggling to keep their doors open amid the coronavirus pandemic. Just one day after the government announced a $20-million fund for various organizations supporting veterans, more than 350 branches of the Royal Canadian Legion remain “in deep trouble,” according […]

Canada isn’t ruling out taking a stake in Canadian airlines: Leblanc

Oct 18 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The Canadian government isn’t ruling out the possibility of taking a stake in Canadian airlines, like WestJet and Air Canada, as ministers consider how to help the sector in its struggles amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic Leblanc confirmed the possibility during an interview with CTV Question Period Host Evan Solomon, airing Sunday. […]

Canadian sentenced to die in China granted first consular access since January

Oct 14 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada’s Ambassador to China Dominic Barton was granted virtual consular access to Robert Schellenberg, a Canadian who is facing the death penalty in China, for the first time since January. Global Affairs Canada confirmed the news in a statement released Wednesday. “Canadian consular officials continue to provide consular services to him and his family,” the […]