National Newswatch

Ottawa faces criticism for sending 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment to China in February

Mar 26 2020 — Steven Chase — Canada’s department of Global Affairs shipped 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment to China last month to help Beijing fight the novel coronavirus, an effort that it undertook even after the World Health Organization had warned countries to prepare for possible cases. Critics are questioning the wisdom of exporting gear overseas just weeks before it […]

Lithuanian Foreign Minister asks for Canada’s help in combatting Russian disinformation

Mar 1 2020 — Steven Chase — Lithuania’s Foreign Minister is asking Canada for further help in combatting Russian disinformation campaigns, including what he describes as the Kremlin’s efforts to rewrite the history of the Second World War. Linas Linkevicius was in Ottawa this week to meet with Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. He and other European […]

Canadian government may offer interim compensation to families of Flight 752 victims

Jan 15 2020 — Steven Chase — The Canadian government says it’s considering paying out interim compensation to families of Flight 752 victims who died last week in Iran after Tehran’s military shot down their commercial aircraft. The Canadian government says it ultimately expects Iran to pay compensation to the families but has acknowledged a full investigation could be take time to […]

Carleton student group warns members to avoid upsetting Chinese officials in upcoming embassy visit

Nov 20 2019 — Steven Chase — A Carleton University student’s group is warning members to avoid upsetting Chinese officials during a coming visit to the country’s embassy in Ottawa by making comments that are not “respectful of our hosts” on topics such as the Hong Kong protests, mistreatment of Uyghurs or the sovereignty of Taiwan. The Carleton International Relations Society even […]

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 […]