National Newswatch

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 […]

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 […]