National Newswatch

Former staff of China-led bank dispute ex-PR chief’s allegations of Beijing influence

Aug 31 2023 — Steven Chase — Former employees of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank have come forward to publicly challenge ex-communication chief Bob Pickard’s criticism of the institution as an instrument of Beijing that is dominated by China’s ruling Communist Party. Three ex-staffers told The Globe and Mail that they did not detect undue influence exercised by the Communist Party over […]

Canadian minister urged to quit Chinese government advisory body chaired by senior member of Politburo

Aug 18 2023 — Steven Chase — The federal Conservatives are calling on Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault to resign his position on an advisory group to the Chinese government – a body chaired by a former chief of staff to President Xi Jinping – and to end Canadian funding to this organization that instructs Beijing on green development. The China Council for […]

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank too intertwined with Beijing, former communications head says

Aug 8 2023 — Steven Chase — Bob Pickard, a Canadian who recently quit the top communications job at the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, says his time there confirmed for him that the multilateral institution is a tool of the Chinese government, something he had previously thought was an unfair stereotype. “I went into the job with the greatest of aspirations […]

Trudeau calls for deeper co-operation with ‘like-minded partner’ Australia

Jul 19 2023 — Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for deeper ties with Australia on Tuesday, saying that, unlike authoritarian regimes, the country is a “like-minded partner” that is able to uphold democratic values while also supplying minerals that could help reduce global reliance on fossil fuels. Mr. Trudeau refrained from using the term “friend-shoring,” which was popularized by […]

Australia-Canada economic forum in Toronto seeks to deepen two-way ties

Jul 14 2023 — Steven Chase — Former Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop says Australia and Canada should consider a trade agreement to deepen economic ties. “Australia and Canada have economies that mirror each other in so many ways,” Ms. Bishop said in an interview, citing both countries’ resource industries, including mining and energy. Ms. Bishop is co-chair of the Australia-Canada […]

Canada urged to buy new submarines capable of operating in the Arctic

Jun 29 2023 — Steven Chase — Canada is being advised to quickly replace its aging submarines with ones that can operate more effectively in the ice-bound Arctic, a region where the country’s top soldier has previously warned Ottawa only has a “tenuous hold” on its outer reaches. The standing Senate committee on national security, defence and veterans affairs Wednesday called on […]

Indian government complained to Ottawa about safety of diplomatic premises after Sikh protest

Jun 28 2023 — Steven Chase — India’s high commissioner said his country has made a formal complaint to the Department of Global Affairs about “the safety and security” of its diplomatic premises in Canada, citing in particular a protest by Sikhs in March outside its high commission in Ottawa. The World Sikh Organization, an Ottawa-based advocacy group for Sikhs, in turn, […]

Ottawa launching review of Canada’s membership in China-led development bank

Jun 14 2023 — Steven Chase — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Ottawa is launching a review of Canada’s membership in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as well as allegations raised by a former bank staffer who accused it of being “dominated by the Communist Party.” Bob Pickard, the Canadian who was global communications director for the bank, resigned Tuesday […]

Saudi Arabia is top export destination for Canadian arms after United States in 2022

Jun 5 2023 — Steven Chase — Saudi Arabia, which last month reconciled with Canada after a diplomatic rupture over human-rights activists lasting nearly five years, remains this country’s most important customer for Canadian-made military goods after the United States, according to a new report. Ottawa’s Department of Global Affairs in a May 31 report said Saudi Arabia was again the top […]

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