National Newswatch

Canada’s top soldier says the West faces being outmatched in military defence by China

Apr 20 2021 — Steven Chase — Canada’s acting top soldier says China’s investments in defence capabilities means the Western military alliance faces the prospect of being technologically outgunned for the first time since the early years of the Second World War. Acting chief of the defence staff Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre was speaking to the Senate committee on national security and defence […]

MPs urge Trudeau-Biden talks to solve looming Line 5 closing

Apr 15 2021 — Steven Chase — A parliamentary committee is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden to craft a settlement to the threatened shutdown of Enbridge pipeline Line 5, a major petroleum conduit for Central Canada. Last November, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, citing the risk of an oil spill, announced that she would revoke an easement granted […]

Reshoring Canada group to advocate for less supply-chain reliance on risky countries

Apr 14 2021 — Steven Chase — Former Ontario economic development minister Sandra Pupatello and former federal industry minister Tony Clement are launching a new advocacy group to promote returning critical manufacturing to Canada and rebuilding supply chains so they don’t rely on increasingly risky countries such as China. The venture, Reshoring Canada, aims to be a non-partisan repository and advocate of […]

Ottawa cancels 29 military export permits for Turkey after finding Canadian-made gear diverted to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Apr 12 2021 — Steven Chase — The Canadian government is cancelling nearly 30 permits for exports of military goods to Turkey, saying an investigation revealed that made-in-Canada airstrike-targeting gear was illegally diverted to the war last fall between Azerbaijan and Armenia. It’s rare for Ottawa to outright cancel permits, and the decision is sure to hurt Canadian relations with Turkey, a […]

Taiwan says would be an ‘affirmation and honour’ if President Tsai were to receive Halifax summit award

Apr 12 2021 — Steven Chase — Taiwan says it would be honoured to receive an award from the Halifax International Security Forum, an annual event funded by the Canadian government. Canada, however, has reportedly warned forum organizers that it will yank funding if the prize is given to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, apparently out of fear of offending the Chinese Communist […]

Trudeau defends his effort to ban Chinese goods made with forced labour

Mar 29 2021 — Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his government’s record in barring imports of goods from China made with forced labour even though online retailers are still selling Canadians goods from the Asian country’s western Xinjiang region that critics say are almost certainly produced under coercion. As The Globe and Mail reported this week, Canadians can […]

Chinese embassy defends secretive trials for Canadian Michaels, links their cases with Huawei executive’s

Mar 19 2021 — Steven Chase — China’s embassy in Ottawa shot back at accusations it’s conducting closed-door trials of two Canadians on trumped-up charges, even as it denied Canada’s diplomats the right to attend court hearings for Michael Spavor. And, while it denies there is any connection, Beijing’s diplomatic mission once again linked the ongoing incarceration of Mr. Spavor and former […]

E-mails show made-in-Canada airstrike gear used in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict was earmarked for Turkey

Mar 16 2021 — Steven Chase — The serial number on Canadian-made air strike targeting gear that turned up in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict last fall matched that of restricted military equipment Ottawa had approved for export to the Turkish navy, newly released documents show. The House of Commons foreign affairs committee is probing how targeting and imaging equipment made in Burlington, Ont., […]

Office probing human rights abuses by Canadian companies abroad to begin investigating complaints

Mar 14 2021 — Steven Chase — Three years after it was first announced, an office empowered by Ottawa to investigate allegations of human rights abuses arising from Canadian corporate activity abroad is finally open for business. As of March 15, Sheri Meyerhoffer, the federal government’s first Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, will start accepting complaints. Ms. Meyerhoffer’s mandate will cover human […]

Turkey pressed Canada to approve export of air-strike gear later used in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Mar 12 2021 — Steven Chase — Documents released to a Parliamentary committee probing how Canadian-made air-strike targeting gear ended up in the 2020 Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict show the Trudeau government circumvented an arms embargo last year to send the same equipment to Turkey after assurances from Ankara that it would only be used to protect civilians under attack in Syria.