National Newswatch

Canadians want Justin Trudeau to get tougher on China. Will he?

May 14 2020 — Matthew Fisher — An old maxim in Canadian politics is that foreign policy never matters to voters or politicians. This harsh truth was underlined last fall when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau boycotted a leaders’ debate on foreign policy at the University of Toronto’s Munk School and the other party leaders fell in line with him with barely a […]

As coronavirus drags on, more Canadians ditch physical-distancing rules: Ipsos poll

May 13 2020 — — As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, fewer Canadians are strictly following physical-distancing orders today than they were last month, a new Ipsos poll found. The poll, conducted on behalf of Global News, found that nearly four in 10 say they are not rigorously adhering to physical distancing and self-isolation guidelines, which health officials say are […]

O’Toole vows to put ‘caveats’ on One China policy, urges ‘reckoning’ over coronavirus

May 10 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says while he would not walk away from longstanding policies acknowledging Chinese claims over Hong Kong and Taiwan, he would modify them. In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, O’Toole was asked whether he would take a more forceful stand recognizing Hong Kong and Taiwan if he were […]

Coronavirus: Trudeau thanks Taiwan directly for ‘generous’ mask donation

May 8 2020 — Amanda Connolly — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday thanked the island nation of Taiwan for donating medical masks to Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic, one day after his foreign minister dodged repeated requests to do the same. During a daily briefing with journalists outside Rideau Cottage, Trudeau was asked about Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne refusing to […]