National Newswatch

Canada sanctions Belarus over migrant crisis in concert with Western allies

Dec 2 2021 — Steven Chase — Canada, in concert with allies, has imposed more sanctions on Belarus over the migrant crisis engineered at Poland’s border, including targeting a state-owned tourism company that helped funnel refugees from the Middle East to the edge of the European Union. “The Lukashenko regime is orchestrating irregular migration across its borders with the European Union, coming […]

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says Huawei 5G would leave Canada’s networks vulnerable to China

Nov 20 2021 — Steven Chase — Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who banned China’s Huawei Technologies from providing equipment for his country’s 5G wireless networks, says Canadians should ask themselves a question as they ponder whether to do the same: are they comfortable with leaving a vital piece of infrastructure vulnerable to the Chinese government?

Poroshenko says ‘extremely possible’ Russian military could cross border into Ukraine

Nov 19 2021 — Steven Chase — Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says he thinks it’s “extremely possible” Russian troops massing on his country’s border could invade and urges NATO to supply Kiev with equipment including anti-aircraft weaponry that raises the cost to Moscow of an incursion. Mr. Poroshenko, a participant at the Halifax International Security Forum taking place this weekend, also […]

Canada begins trade talks with southeast Asian bloc to diversify trade in region

Nov 17 2021 — Steven Chase — Canada is starting negotiations on a free-trade agreement with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a pact that could help expand and deepen Canadian business ties in the Indo-Pacific region beyond China. International Trade Minister Mary Ng announced the decision to commence talks Tuesday following a virtual meeting with economic ministers representing countries that […]

China warns Vancouver against forging partnership with Taiwanese city

Nov 12 2021 — Steven Chase — The Chinese government is warning the City of Vancouver against forging a special relationship with the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, an objection that comes as Beijing steps up efforts to diplomatically isolate and intimidate the self-governing island. The Chinese consulate in Vancouver this week released a statement criticizing a proposal to designate the southern port […]

Harper says Canada’s climate-change policy unfairly singles out ‘certain parts of the country’

Nov 9 2021 — Steven Chase — Stephen Harper is criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change policy for unfairly singling out “certain parts of the country,” as the Liberal government proceeds with a hard cap on oil-and-gas emissions that are expected to particularly affect provinces such as Alberta and Saskatchewan. Mr. Harper was speaking Tuesday at a virtual event held by the […]

Enbridge argues Line 5 workaround fits U.S. ‘Build Back Better’ agenda

Nov 9 2021 — Steven Chase — The Canadian operator of the Line 5 pipeline is urging Joe Biden’s administration to embrace its proposal to reroute a controversial Great Lakes crossing deep underground as an example of U.S. “Build Back Better” infrastructure projects. Calgary-based-Enbridge’s 1,038-kilometre pipeline is a crucial petroleum conduit for Ontario and Quebec that carries Alberta and Saskatchewan petroleum through […]

Mexico, Canada share concern over U.S. proposal on American-made electric vehicle tax credits

Oct 29 2021 — Steven Chase — Mexico’s top official for North American affairs says his country shares Canada’s concern over an American proposal to offer tax credits to people who buy electric vehicles that are assembled in the United States. The Canadian government warned in a letter to U.S. Congressional leaders last week that the proposed tax credits could damage the […]

Stephen Harper says he remains proud of $15-billion arms deal with Riyadh as he prepares to visit Saudi Arabia

Oct 18 2021 — Steven Chase — Former prime minister Stephen Harper says he remains proud to have negotiated a controversial $15-billion armoured vehicles deal with Saudi Arabia, as he prepares to attend an international investment conference in Riyadh as a guest of the desert kingdom. Mr. Harper, who runs a consulting business, is visiting Saudi Arabia and other countries in the […]