National Newswatch

Erin O’Toole wants China’s ambassador to Canada to publicly apologize to Canadians, or be kicked out

Oct 16 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada’s Global Affairs officials summoned China’s top diplomat in Canada for a private dressing down Thursday after remarks he made warning Canada against offering political asylum to Hong Kong democracy activists. But Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says if Ambassador Cong Peiwu does not publicly apologize for his “belligerent” comments, which O’Toole called a threat to […]

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are confident they will avoid an election. Don’t count on it, Jagmeet Singh says

Sep 18 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — It’s a bit like speed-dating, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is looking for a dance partner. Trudeau is canvassing Opposition leaders about their priorities for a throne speech that kicks off a new legislative session next week and could tip Canada into an election without the support of one other major federal party. Yet Trudeau […]

Justin Trudeau’s government starts internal review of COVID-19 response

Sep 16 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — Health Canada has started an internal review of how the government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, says Health Minister Patty Hajdu. But Hajdu deflected questions about whether an independent review is warranted as a previous Liberal government did during the 2003 SARS crisis, telling reporters “We’re just at the beginning of this pandemic.” “We have […]

Ottawa to pump another $2B into safe restart of schools

Aug 25 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — The federal government is planning to transfer $2 billion more to the provinces to pump more money into the safe reopening of schools, the Star has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the 13 premiers and territorial leaders on a conference call Tuesday, their first since July 29, and outlined his plan, which comes […]

Liberal MPs are happy to have Chrystia Freeland in finance — and to be rid of Bill Morneau

Aug 20 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — The mood was upbeat during a conference call that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held Tuesday night with Liberal caucus members just hours after he replaced Bill Morneau as finance minister and suspended Parliament ahead of a September reboot. “Surprisingly so,” said one participant who lamented that Morneau’s departure was “a significant loss” to the Liberals, […]

Canada’s allies take aim at China’s Hong Kong law. What will Ottawa do?

Jul 2 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — China’s sweeping new national security law extending the Communist government’s control over Hong Kong takes aim not only at pro-democracy protesters but also non-residents, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and international media. It subjects all persons in Hong Kong, including non-residents acting “from outside the region,” to strict bans on political activities that Beijing deems to […]