National Newswatch

Canada warned Trump administration of repercussions when shipments of masks and ventilators cut

Feb 24 2021 — Ryan Tumilty — When the Trump administration restricted shipments of N95 masks and ventilators last spring, Canadian officials pushed back and drafted a list of pressure points Canada could use, even pointing out some U.S. hospitals depended on Canadian electricity. An email released to the House of Commons Health committee shows Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., Kirsten Hillman, […]

Trudeau says freeing Kovrig and Spavor top priority, at two-year anniversary of Chinese detention

Dec 9 2020 — Ryan Tumilty — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists his government is doing everything possible to free the two Michaels, the Canadians who, on Thursday, begin a third year of arbitrary detention in Chinese custody. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested by Chinese authorities on Dec. 10, 2018, exactly two years ago. Their arrests came shortly after the […]

Review finds more concerns about honorary consul process; new code of conduct developed, Ottawa says

Dec 7 2020 — Ryan Tumilty — A review of Canada’s process for approving honorary consuls that came after a Syrian official who had praised dictator Bashar al-Assad was approved, found inconsistent vetting for the positions as well as 15 consuls who warranted “closer scrutiny.” Last year, during the federal election, news broke first in Maclean’s magazine that Syria’s honorary consul in […]

Can the NDP get what it wants? Singh says he will work with Liberals, but isn’t sure he can trust Trudeau

Sep 19 2020 — Ryan Tumilty — Ahead of next week’s throne speech, Jagmeet Singh on Friday gave his demands to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in public hours before he was set to deliver them privately in a one-on-one meeting. Among the demands, Singh wants to ensure people transitioning from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to a revamped employment insurance aren’t worse […]