National Newswatch

China accuses Canada and U.S. of ‘singing a duet’ to confuse world over Meng and Canadian detainees

Aug 23 2019 — Steven Chase — The Chinese government has accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of collaborating with Canada to mislead the world about why Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested and what prompted Beijing to detain two Canadians shortly afterward. China’s top Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, spoke out the day after Mr. Pompeo, during a Canadian visit, […]

Cabinet confidentiality to take centre stage at parliamentary committee hearing on SNC-Lavalin

Aug 20 2019 — Steven Chase — The obstacles that federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion faced in investigating the SNC-Lavalin affair demonstrate why an independent body or commission is still needed to fully probe what happened, one legal expert says. Mr. Dion delivered a report last week concluding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly putting pressure […]

Taiwan pitches Ottawa on closer relationship as dispute with China drags on

Aug 5 2019 — Steven Chase — Taiwan’s chief representative in Ottawa is pitching Canada on closer ties with the self-ruled island as a costly and corrosive dispute between China and the Canadian government drags on. Relations between China and Canada have deteriorated over the past eight months since December, 2018, when Canadian officials arrested a senior Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, on […]

‘Since the end of December we have not sold a single vessel’: Canadian farmers continue to struggle with China’s ban on exports

Aug 5 2019 — Steven Chase — The hardship is mounting for Canadian farmers hurt by China’s decision to stop buying certain agricultural exports from Canada in the wake of Ottawa’s arrest of a top Chinese tech executive. “Since the end of December we have not sold a single vessel – a shipload of soybeans – to China,” Ron Davidson, executive director […]

Senior Liberal MP says it’s still safe to travel to China as fate of two detained Canadians remains uncertain

Jul 31 2019 — Steven Chase — A senior Liberal MP says it’s still safe to travel to China today even as the fate of two Canadians arrested by Beijing remains uncertain, but some former diplomats and analysts advise extra prudence. Robert Oliphant, the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the travel environment for Canadians in Canada remains unchanged […]

Huawei touts role in connecting Canadians, seeking to improve public image while pressing for release of CFO Meng

Jul 22 2019 — Steven Chase — Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. called a news conference in Ottawa Monday to trumpet its role in bringing high-speed wireless service to remote areas of Canada, an effort to burnish its public image as it makes major requests of the Canadian government. The company is petitioning the Trudeau government to release Meng Wanzhou, […]

NATO secretary-general cautions on security threats to 5G network

Jul 17 2019 — Steven Chase — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says it “remains to be seen” whether the sharing of confidential information between members of the Western military alliance will be affected as countries make different decisions about allowing gear from China’s Huawei Technologies into their 5G wireless networks. He said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is trying to overhaul its […]

Trudeau denounces Trump’s call for four minority congresswomen to leave the U.S.

Jul 15 2019 — Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for four minority lawmakers to “go back” and fix the “crime-infested places from which they came.” The Canadian leader made the comments during a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa northwest of Ottawa. He was asked whether he […]

Latvia offers Canada help in ‘likely’ election interference

May 6 2019 — Steven Chase — The Deputy Prime Minister of Latvia, a country regularly targeted by Russian disinformation campaigns, is offering to help Canada address foreign meddling in this country’s upcoming federal election. Artis Pabriks, who is also Latvia’s Defence Minister, is visiting Ottawa where he will meet with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Latvia is the location of Canada’s biggest […]

Scheer pushes Trudeau to sue him over SNC-Lavalin by making comments outside protection of House

Apr 10 2019 — Steven Chase — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stood outside the House of Commons, without the immunity from lawsuits the chamber would afford him, and repeated word-for-word the March 29 press release on the SNC-Lavalin scandal that sparked the threat of legal action from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Mr. Scheer said he welcomes court proceedings over his statements, adding […]

Liberal MP says Wilson-Raybould might have lost justice post because she doesn’t speak French

Feb 14 2019 — Steven Chase — The Liberal MP who will chair hearings into the Jody Wilson-Raybould affair is raising the possibility that the Indigenous Canadian politician was removed as justice minister and attorney-general earlier this year because she couldn’t speak French. Anthony Housefather, the Liberal chair of the House of Commons justice committee, was speaking to a Montreal radio station […]

Saudi lobby group warns that Canada’s relations with Arab-Muslim world could suffer over asylum for teen

Jan 14 2019 — Steven Chase — A Saudi Arabian lobby group in the United States is warning Canada that its relations with Arab-Muslim countries could suffer in the wake of the federal government’s decision to grant asylum to a Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse back home. Eighteen-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Saturday, where she was […]

Trudeau says Canada trying to end arms contract with Saudi Arabia

Dec 17 2018 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government says it is trying to find a way to end shipments of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia as Riyadh comes under mounting condemnation for the costly war it’s waging in neighbouring Yemen and the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has previously talked about studying arms sales between […]

Ottawa rejects senators’ demand to give greater weight to human rights in arms deals

Nov 6 2018 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government, which is still weighing whether to suspend shipments in the $15-billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, has rejected a call from Canadian senators to give human rights and international humanitarian law greater weight in the arms-export control system. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, in a letter to the Senate human […]