National Newswatch

John Crosbie was a politician unafraid of matching action to words

Jan 11 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — John Crosbie was born a Newfoundlander in 1931, long before his fellow citizens voted to join the country called Canada. At home, he was a towering political figure. A Liberal who stood up to Joey Smallwood and challenged the leadership of his mentor, the legendary premier who had dragged Newfoundland and Labrador into Confederation, Crosbie […]

Judicial jousting emerges at Supreme Court of Canada

Dec 27 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — This is what brawls look like on the top court bench. Judges don’t throw off their robes and come to blows. What they do — judicial jousting — is more subtle. Split rulings. Lengthy dissenting opinions. Constitutional decisions that see judges split not only into two groups, but sometimes going three or four different ways. […]

Jailed for seven years, Canada to press the case of human rights blogger Raif Badawi with Saudi Arabia

Dec 14 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada’s new foreign affairs minister is raising fresh concerns about two human rights advocates jailed in a Saudi Arabian prison who have begun hunger strikes, among them Raif Badawi, whose wife and three children live in Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne, speaking after attending an international human rights conference in Berlin and travelling to […]

Kenney urges Trudeau government to take ‘meaningful action’ to address separatist sentiments in Alberta

Dec 9 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney launched a full-court press on the Trudeau government Monday, arriving with a team of eight cabinet ministers, numbers and charts in hand, to warn that separatist sentiment in the Prairies is real and tied to federal policies that are crushing the energy sector. Kenney brought his pitch for a “fair deal […]

Trudeau and Trump meet and U.S. president says he will press China to release detained Canadians

Jun 20 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s third official visit to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump got off to a better start than his last disastrous G7 meeting with the unpredictable president. Trump welcomed Trudeau to the Oval Office, calling him a “friend” and saying they would have a “positive day” and in a photo opportunity, Trump […]

Trudeau will press Trump to aid Canadians detained in China

Jun 14 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to Washington next week with a key aim: to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump it is in America’s own interests to stand up for the release of two Canadians jailed on security allegations in China. Trudeau travels to Washington Wednesday evening with a to-do list that includes nailing down the […]

Canada calls new tariffs a ‘bilateral’ border issue between U.S. and Mexico

May 31 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — The Canadian government is downplaying the latest explosion in U.S.-Mexico relations, calling U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat of 5 per cent tariffs on all Mexican imports a “bilateral” border dispute that won’t stall the newly renegotiated three-way free trade pact. The new U.S. action to impose punishing escalating tariffs on Mexican imports to force a […]

Collapse of trial of Vice Admiral Mark Norman reverberates across Ottawa

May 10 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Vice Admiral Mark Norman’s criminal trial for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets about a delayed navy ship contract is over, but the Navy commander has still not returned to active duty, and the political, legal and operational implications of the ill-fated case are reverberating across official Ottawa. The professional fallout for Norman, who was effectively cleared […]