National Newswatch

Sikh-Canadian activists put on no-fly list after Trudeau’s India visit; critics say aim was to appease Indian government

Apr 22 2019 — Tom Blackwell — At least three Sikh-Canadian activists have been added to the Canadian no-fly list in recent months, more evidence the federal government may have changed its approach to advocates of Punjabi independence after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial India trip. Under the Secure Air Travel Act, the three have been told there are reasonable grounds to […]

Academic who blew the whistle on China’s influence on Australia says Canada is in even worse trouble

Apr 15 2019 — Tom Blackwell — Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking book about China’s covert influence on Australian society, has been both applauded as an overdue exposé and criticized as an exaggeration of the problem. But when he finished the book, he received some unwanted validation of its central thesis: three Australian publishers declined to publish it, citing fear of retribution […]

RCMP called to probe tale of two Liberal MPs, a suburban overpass, trip to India and multimillion dollar land deal

Nov 30 2018 — Tom Blackwell — The Toronto-area city of Brampton has asked the RCMP to look at a multimillion-dollar land deal after confidential information on the transaction was passed to local Liberal MPs Navdeep Bains and Raj Grewal, sources confirmed Friday. City council referred the matter to the Mounties at a special meeting Tuesday, sources confirmed to the National Post. […]

Once eager to help imprisoned ‘Jihadi Jack,’ Canadian officials suddenly turned away, emails show

Oct 30 2018 — Tom Blackwell — For the first several months, the messages suggested Canada was willing, even eager, to get Jack Letts out of a Kurdish prison in northern Syria. Global Affairs Canada discussed possible exit routes for the former resident of ISIL-controlled Raqqa. They asked the joint British-Canadian citizen’s jailers to provide him medical help, and said they were […]

Trump says Canada has treated U.S. farmers ‘very poorly,’ but most of them tell a different story

Sep 5 2018 — Tom Blackwell — As Canadian and American trade negotiators resumed their high-pressure talks in Washington Wednesday, one of Donald Trump’s favourite themes loomed large. For 17 months, the president has accused this country of giving U.S. farmers a raw deal, imposing 300-per-cent tariffs on their dairy products and committing other, unspecified injustices that would have to be remedied […]