National Newswatch

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s job could be in jeopardy after clashes with Prime Minister, sources say

Aug 11 2020 — Robert Fife — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not committed to keeping Bill Morneau on as the key architect of the federal government’s economic revival plan after the two men clashed over the Finance Department’s policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis, sources say. Insiders say Mr. Trudeau is uncertain whether Mr. Morneau is the right fit to navigate […]

Canada-U.S. border to remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Aug. 21, sources say

Jul 14 2020 — Robert Fife — The Canada-U.S. border will remain temporarily closed to non-essential travel until at least Aug. 21 amid Canadians’ concerns about surging COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to sources. Despite mounting pressure from some U.S. politicians in northern states and border communities to reopen the border, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made clear Monday that he […]

Brian Mulroney calls for bold social changes to prepare Canada for a world after COVID-19

Jun 30 2020 — Robert Fife — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is urging Canadian political leaders to prepare for a post COVID-19 world by adopting bold economic and social policies including a dramatic increase in immigration, a serious productivity agenda and concrete action to address systemic racism and the injustices faced by Indigenous people. Mr. Mulroney told The Globe and Mail […]

Businesses urge steady, cautious approach to restarting Canadian economy

Apr 16 2020 — Robert Fife — The organization representing Canada’s largest corporations is urging the country’s first ministers to take a co-ordinated and cautious approach to reopening the economy and lifting stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus. Goldy Hyder, president of the Business Council of Canada, wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers and territorial leaders before their weekly […]

China escalates pressure on detainee issue with seizure of Michael Kovrig’s glasses

Jul 2 2019 — Robert Fife — Chinese authorities have confiscated the reading glasses of imprisoned Canadian Michael Kovrig as Beijing increases political and economic pressure on Canada to allow a detained senior Huawei Technologies executive to return home, sources say. The confiscation is the latest move by Chinese authorities against Mr. Kovrig and fellow Canadian, Michael Spavor, who are now in […]

U.S. envoy says Trump fond of Trudeau, despite trade tensions

Dec 11 2018 — Robert Fife — The U.S. ambassador to Canada says President Donald Trump is fond of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau despite tensions that arose during tough talks to renegotiate the North American free-trade deal. Mr. Trump and some of his top advisers have hurled insults at Mr. Trudeau during the contentious trade talks over the past year. The President […]

Justice Minister says fake online accounts in her name used to solicit money from constituents

Nov 7 2018 — Robert Fife — Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has called in the RCMP after fraudsters created fake LinkedIn and parliamentary e-mail accounts in her name to lure money from constituents in the minister’s Vancouver Granville riding. David Taylor, the minister’s communications director, told The Globe and Mail on Wednesday that Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s office became aware of the scam […]