National Newswatch

Trudeau refuses opposition demand to recall Parliament over SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 1 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — The Trudeau government has refused an opposition demand to recall Parliament to deal with the SNC-Lavalin affair, and is setting the stage to counter Jody Wilson-Raybould’s allegations of improper political meddling in the company’s criminal trial. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh wrote Trudeau jointly Friday to ask him to recall MPs […]

Deal for SNC-Lavalin could still be on the table, says Trudeau’s public services minister

Feb 28 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — A deal to allow SNC-Lavalin to avoid criminal liability could still be on the table amid a furor over whether the Trudeau government tried to meddle in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, the Star has learned. “My understanding is when criminal proceedings are ongoing that that option is always available,” Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla […]

Liberals to face vote on public inquiry into SNC-Lavalin affair

Feb 19 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Justin Trudeau faced stunned cabinet ministers and a blistering NDP call for a public inquiry Tuesday, a day after his principal secretary Gerald Butts resigned while vowing to fight allegations of political interference by the Prime Minister’s Office in a criminal case. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who along with Butts and Trudeau’s chief of […]

Trudeau admits Wilson-Raybould challenged him on SNC-Lavalin

Feb 15 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admits his former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould challenged her boss last fall to clarify if he was “directing” her to make a decision in the disputed bribery prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau refused Friday to say exactly what he told his former attorney general or whether he indicated his […]

Decision whether to extradite Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou will take political factors into account, new justice minister says

Feb 8 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Justice Minister David Lametti says foreign affairs will be a factor if and when it comes time for him to make what he acknowledges is a political decision whether to extradite Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to the United States over China’s furious objections. Lametti, named three weeks ago to take over the justice file after […]

Trudeau sought U.S. help to release two Canadians after Trump hinted he might use Meng’s extradition as a bargaining chip, official says

Jan 24 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — The Trudeau government asked the Trump administration to ensure China releases two detained Canadian men if — as U.S. President Donald Trump suggested last month — the U.S. drops Meng Wanzhou’s extradition request as part of negotiations for a trade deal with China, the Star has learned. A senior Canadian official speaking on condition of […]

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 […]