National Newswatch

Trudeau says housing is a human right — what does that mean exactly?

Nov 23 2017 — John Paul Tasker — As part of its ambitious national housing strategy, the Liberal government is vowing to enshrine the right to adequate housing as a fundamental human right in Canadian law, a symbolic move that has practical considerations. For years there has been an international push to do just that, and Canada is already a signatory to the […]

Canada ‘prepared for the worst’ amid squabbles over NAFTA, Freeland says

Nov 21 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Despite making progress on “bread and butter” issues, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said differences remain between Canada and the U.S. on a number of key chapters of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Speaking to reporters as the fifth round of negotiations concluded in Mexico City, the Toronto-area minister said “significant” sticking points […]

Liberal government backs bill that demands full implementation of UN Indigenous rights declaration

Nov 21 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the Liberal government will back a bill that calls for the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a move that could have wide-ranging consequences in Canadian law. Speaking in Gatineau, Que., late Monday at an event commemorating UNDRIP, the Vancouver-area minister said […]

Australian official lashes out at Trudeau amid spat over Pacific trade deal

Nov 20 2017 — John Paul Tasker — A spat between Canada and Australia is heating up as Australian officials signal they will block Canada’s admission to Asia’s premier security forum, the East Asia Summit, amid tensions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. An Australian news report suggests that country’s leadership has already rejected Canada’s application to participate in the key forum because […]

‘We weren’t ready’: Trudeau defends Canada’s actions on TPP

Nov 11 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canada’s actions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, asserting the country simply was not ready to put pen to paper on a final agreement because of lingering concerns around culture and the automotive sector. “We weren’t ready to close it yesterday,” Trudeau told reporters at the closing news conference for the […]

TPP partners reach agreement on ‘core elements’ of Pacific trade deal, Canada says

Nov 10 2017 — John Paul Tasker — The 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have reached an agreement on “core elements” of the trade pact, namely that all countries will adhere to strict labour and environment standards, a development Canada is championing as a major breakthrough after talks broke down earlier Friday. The original TPP, which is currently under renegotiation after U.S. President Donald […]

Trudeau ducks questions on Trans-Pacific Partnership, says he’s not at negotiating table

Nov 9 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau batted away questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal during a moderated discussion in Vietnam on Thursday, saying he isn’t at the negotiating table and couldn’t comment on sticking points. When asked about aspects of the original deal that are currently subject to renegotiation — namely clauses relating to intellectual […]

Trudeau to meet with Myanmar leader Suu Kyi at APEC summit Friday

Nov 9 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi Friday on the sidelines of the APEC leaders’ summit in Vietnam, the Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed. The meeting comes as the southeast Asian country faces a refugee crisis and accusations of gross human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority population in […]

Trudeau travels to Vietnam with history, human rights and trade top of mind

Nov 7 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Vietnam today for a two-day state visit ahead of the APEC summit, only the second such meeting between the two country’s leaders since the end of war and the normalization of relations. It is a bilateral relationship undeniably defined by the Vietnam war as Canada’s peripheral involvement in that […]

Missing and murdered inquiry wants a new task force to review cold cases

Nov 1 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Amid tight timelines and delays, commissioners with the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry are recommending the creation of a national police task force that could review cold cases and reopen investigations. While the chief commissioner, Marion Buller, has vowed to study police conduct, and “investigate the investigators,” the commissioners are now calling […]