National Newswatch

Canada pushes back as U.S. Congressman flags threats along ‘totally wide open’ northern border

Jan 21 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada is defending accusations from a U.S. Congressman that the United States is ignoring security issues along the Canada-U.S. border. “It is the longest, most successful international boundary — un-militarized international boundary — in the history of the world, and we’re determined to keep it that way,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in an […]

Ambassador says Trudeau will eventually call Chinese president

Jan 18 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Ambassador John McCallum said a prime ministerial phone call to Chinese President Xi Jinping is bound to happen in the ongoing Huawei dispute, but it’s the “last arrow” in the government’s “quiver.” “The prime minister calling the president is essentially the last arrow in our quiver and I think other actions have to be taken […]

Ambassador to China to brief MPs on detained Canadians

Jan 17 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, will appear before a House of Commons committee Friday to brief members on efforts to secure the release of the two Canadians detained in that country. McCallum is expected to brief the committee in a closed door meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday. The development comes after a joint […]

Senator re-emerges on Twitter, calling hack a ‘serious crime’

Jan 10 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — A Senator who was hacked a few days ago on Twitter re-emerged on the platform Thursday, calling the hacking a “serious crime” designed to “intimidate” and “suppress” political voices. “Intimidation by hacking is a danger to our democracy & to us all,” Senator Linda Frum wrote in a tweet. Twitter Canada confirmed on Monday that […]

Feds select Ontario business as first recipient of new climate money

Jan 10 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — The Trudeau government has selected an Ontario company as the first “winner” of funds under a part of the federal climate change plan on Thursday. “This is a big solution that’s going to make a difference in the lives of people in Ontario. It’s focused on how we cool buildings,” Environment and Climate Change Minister […]

Canadian detentions in China should be addressed at ‘highest level’: MacKay

Jan 4 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — Former Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said high-level officials, potentially including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, should engage with China over the escalating dispute that has involved the detention of at least two Canadians. “There has to be engagement at the highest level, right up to and potentially including the prime minister if things continue to […]

Andrew Scheer rules out free trade deal with China

Dec 23 2018 — Rachel Gilmore — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he would not pursue a free trade deal with China if he were prime minister. “We don’t have the same types of systems, we don’t see the transparency and accountability in the Chinese economy. We know there is a lot of state owned enterprises,” Scheer said during an episode of […]