National Newswatch

U.S. envoy says Trump fond of Trudeau, despite trade tensions

Dec 11 2018 — Robert Fife — The U.S. ambassador to Canada says President Donald Trump is fond of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau despite tensions that arose during tough talks to renegotiate the North American free-trade deal. Mr. Trump and some of his top advisers have hurled insults at Mr. Trudeau during the contentious trade talks over the past year. The President […]

Huawei’s detained CFO pledges to wear tracking device if granted bail

Dec 10 2018 — — Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is proposing she trade her prison cell for a GPS tracking device and a private 24/7 security detail that will ensure she doesn’t leave Vancouver and its suburbs while awaiting an extradition hearing on U.S. fraud charges. Ms. Meng’s bail hearing resumed Monday morning with lawyers questioning a former […]

Liberals move Trudeau fundraiser off Canadian Forces base

Dec 10 2018 — Daniel Leblanc — The Liberal Party of Canada has cancelled plans to host a fundraiser with Justin Trudeau on a Canadian Forces base, an event that might have run afoul of military rules around political events. The Liberal Party had planned to hold the Dec. 19 fundraiser at the Vimy Officers’ Mess in Kingston, according to information posted […]

National Gallery says farewell to Marc Mayer

Dec 10 2018 — Chris Hannay — As Marc Mayer ascended to the stage set up in the National Gallery of Canada’s glass-and-granite Great Hall, he was fighting back tears. Dozens of the gallery’s most influential donors had gathered to pay tribute to Mayer on Wednesday night, and, as he got to the mic, he evoked his childhood hockey hero for guidance […]

Quebec to receive $1.4-billion equalization boost while oil-producing provinces face deficits

Dec 9 2018 — Bill Curry — Quebec will receive $13.1-billion in equalization payments next year – a $1.4-billion increase – while Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador continue to be left out even though Canada’s oil-producing provinces are facing deficits and hard times. The three energy-producing provinces petitioned Ottawa last year to rework the federal transfer formula but Finance Minister Bill […]

Harper urges Trudeau government to ban China’s Huawei

Dec 7 2018 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Former prime minister Stephen Harper says he supports the United States’s campaign to persuade Canada and other key allies to ban the use of Huawei equipment in next-generation telecommunications networks. The Trudeau government has so far refused to join the majority of the Five Eyes Intelligence community in barring Huawei equipment from being used in […]

Ottawa rejects Ontario’s request for federal climate change cash

Dec 7 2018 — Marieke Walsh — The Ford government’s appeal to Ottawa to reallocate funding for climate change initiatives has been denied. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Thursday that Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government would not receive the $420-million in funding it lost when it cancelled the province’s cap and trade program over the summer, despite introducing new measures to lower […]

Feds to temporarily extend one-year period for Yazidi refugees to reunite with family members in Iraq

Dec 6 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office says the federal government will temporarily extend the one-year period for Yazidi genocide survivors in Canada to reunite with their surviving family members who are still languishing in Iraq. Mr. Hussen’s press secretary, Mathieu Genest, said the government is developing a temporary extension of the one-year window for survivors of […]