National Newswatch

China rejects Canada’s plea for clemency for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg sentenced to death for drug trafficking

Jan 16 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — The Chinese government has rejected the Trudeau government’s appeal for clemency for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg who saw a 15-year jail sentence on drug trafficking converted to the death penalty. In a news conference in Beijing, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying turned aside Canada’s criticism of a hastily-convened judicial appeal Monday where Schellenberg was sentenced to […]

Trudeau taking a big chance telling voters they can support his carbon tax or hide their heads in the sand

Jan 11 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — It was, surprisingly, the first of the evening though Saskatchewan is leading the charge against what Trudeau and the Liberals long ago began calling a “carbon price” or “price on pollution.” At the end of his long answer to Jason LeBlanc, an Estevan farmer who challenged Trudeau, the prime minister declared the ballot box question […]

Andrew Scheer is not planning to lose next year’s election

Dec 18 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer believes he will be prime minister by this time next year, after defeating Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lead his party to a majority government. If he only holds Trudeau to a minority government, Scheer believes Conservatives will be happy for him to stick around as leader and try […]

Justin Trudeau links China’s detention of two Canadians to U.S. extradition request for Huawei executive

Dec 14 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admits he is worried about the “unintended consequences” of an escalating trade fight between China and the United States, but will give no ground to demands he get involved in an extradition case. With two Canadians now detained in China after Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the behest of […]

Trudeau says he had nothing to do with the arrest of Chinese executive in Vancouver

Dec 7 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada’s stunning arrest of a top executive of China’s telecom giant Huawei on a U.S. extradition request rippled through stock markets and around the world Thursday, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying he had nothing to do with the decision by Canadian justice officials. The arrest on Saturday of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer […]

Canadian MPs worry Interpol at risk of becoming a ‘political witch hunt organization’

Nov 22 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — MPs across party lines are raising alarms about Interpol’s “credibility and integrity” after the head of the international policing organization disappeared in China and a Russian general was nearly elected this week to replace him in the top job. Liberal MP John McKay, chair of the Commons public safety committee which called a special meeting […]

Twenty-five Toronto MPs urge rejection of Ford’s plan to use the “notwithstanding” clause

Sep 13 2018 — Tonda MacCharles — Liberal members of Parliament from Toronto unanimously condemned Thursday Premier Doug Ford’s decision to use the constitutional override clause to cut Toronto city council. In a statement obtained by the Star, all 25 federal MPs from the city of Toronto called on all provincial MPPs to defeat Ford’s legislation tabled Wednesday at Queen’s Park, calling […]