National Newswatch

Morneau told former company he would use blind trust

Oct 19 2017 — Steven Chase — Finance Minister Bill Morneau told the company he once helmed that he would be placing his substantial holdings of Morneau Shepell in a blind trust – a mechanism used by cabinet members in office to insulate themselves from conflict-of-interest accusations. Ultimately, he changed his mind and instead indirectly kept his holdings – a decision that […]

Most Canadians oppose arms deals with Saudi Arabia, poll finds

Sep 13 2017 — Steven Chase — A solid majority of Canadians object to selling combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia in the wake of revelations this summer that Riyadh deployed made-in-Canada combat vehicles against civilians during internal strife in the desert kingdom. A new poll by Nanos Research for The Globe and Mail found that 64 per cent of Canadians oppose and […]

Saudi Arabia defends use of Canadian-made armoured vehicles against civilians

Aug 16 2017 — Steven Chase — The Saudi Arabian government is defending the recent deployment of Canadian-made armoured vehicles against residents of the kingdom’s Eastern Province, saying security forces found it necessary to use “military equipment” to fight terrorists who threatened the safety of its population. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland recently launched an investigation into this Saudi conflict, which […]

Ottawa registers concern with Saudi Arabia over apparent armoured-vehicle use

Aug 7 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government has reached out to Saudi Arabia and Western allies to register unease over Riyadh’s apparent use of Canadian armoured vehicles against its own citizens, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says. “We’ve expressed our concerns … to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Minister said Monday during a teleconference. She’s also taken the […]

Montreal professor renews legal effort to block Canadian combat vehicle exports to Saudi Arabia

Aug 5 2017 — Steven Chase — Saudi Arabia’s apparent deployment of made-in-Canada combat vehicles against its own citizens last week is breathing new life into a legal challenge of the Canadian government’s $15-billion arms deal with Riyadh. Daniel Turp, a University of Montreal professor who took the Trudeau government to court last year, has written Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland saying […]

Former Liberal cabinet minister calls for end to Canadian arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Aug 2 2017 — Steven Chase — A former federal Liberal cabinet minister and human-rights lawyer says Saudi Arabia’s apparent deployment of Canadian-made combat vehicles against Saudi citizens demonstrates why Canada should end all arms sales to the Islamic kingdom. “I am not saying we shouldn’t be trading with Saudi Arabia. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be engaging with Saudi Arabia. I’m […]

Ottawa urged to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia amid probe

Aug 1 2017 — Steven Chase — Opposition parties and human-rights groups are calling on the Trudeau government to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia as federal officials probe the apparent use of Canadian-made armoured vehicles against Saudi civilians. As The Globe and Mail reported last week, the Saudis appear to have deployed combat machines made by Terradyne Armored Vehicles, based in […]

Ukraine seeks weapons from Ottawa to help fend off Russia-backed rebels

May 19 2017 — Steven Chase — A top Ukrainian politician visited Ottawa Thursday to renew a request for defensive weapons to fend off Russia-backed rebels and ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for help shoring up support for Kiev both within the Trump administration and among other Group of Seven countries. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, 43, resigned as Ukraine’s prime minister last year […]

Trudeau government calls on Russia to end support for Syria’s al-Assad

Apr 11 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government is bluntly calling on the Russian government to stop backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in light of a chemical-weapons attack by Damascus against civilians last week, saying Moscow should decide whether it wants to remain aligned with a “murderous regime” that kills its own people. The Liberals are also sharpening their call […]

Liberal green light for Chinese takeover deal a turning point for Canada: experts

Mar 29 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government’s decision to approve a Chinese takeover deal originally rejected in 2015 as too risky for national security marks a significant shift in Canada’s approach to Beijing, and may encourage China to invest more heavily in cutting-edge Canadian firms that might have been considered off-limits before, experts say. Hong Kong-based O-Net Technology Group […]

Liberals reverse course on Chinese takeover of Montreal high-tech firm

Mar 28 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government has approved a Chinese takeover of a Montreal high-tech firm, a deal that national-security agencies had warned Ottawa in 2015 would undermine a technological edge that Western militaries have over China. Hong Kong-based O-Net Communications announced on Monday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet had given it the green light to acquire […]

No pledge to create new Canadian health care jobs in Chinese takeover

Feb 23 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government came under fire on Wednesday for its decision to allow a Beijing conglomerate with ties to powerful families in China to gain a foothold in Canada’s health-care system despite a murky ownership structure. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended letting Anbang Insurance buy a retirement-home chain that is British Columbia’s highest-billing provider of […]

Ottawa approves sale of B.C. retirement-home chain to Chinese group with murky ownership

Feb 22 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government has green-lighted the sale of one of British Columbia’s biggest retirement home chains to a Beijing-based insurance titan with a murky ownership structure in a deal that gives China a foothold in Canada’s health-care sector. On paper, a majority stake in Vancouver-based Retirement Concepts – believed to exceed $1-billion in value – […]

NDP asks election watchdogs to probe Liberal donation reports

Feb 15 2017 — Steven Chase — The NDP is asking federal watchdogs to investigate a series of individual contributions to the governing Liberal Party where the amounts recorded in quarterly financial filings with Elections Canada exceed donation limits under Canadian law. NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen has written a letter to Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer and the Commissioner of Canada Elections […]