National Newswatch

Canada can pursue diplomacy and the rule of law at the same time

Dec 9 2019 — Bob Rae — When Richard Nixon and Pierre Elliott Trudeau – two very different politicians – made the decision to open diplomatic relations with the Communist government in China in the 1970s, they did not do so because they were under any illusions about the nature of the Chinese government. It was not a love affair based on […]

‘The not knowing. The waiting’: What life is like for two Canadians detained in China for the past year

Dec 9 2019 — Nathan VanderKlippe — The walls are high and painted a dark shade of grey. Towering over them, Chinese characters in bright red command those inside to “listen to the Party’s orders.” Locked inside with hundreds of others is Michael Spavor, one of two Canadians seized by Chinese authorities after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver […]

Ottawa urged to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials implicated in human rights abuses

Dec 9 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The federal government faces increasing pressure to enact sanctions against officials in Hong Kong and mainland China who are responsible for human rights violations, despite threats of retaliation from China’s envoy to Canada. The pro-democracy group Canadian Friends of Hong Kong plans to send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday urging the […]

Maxime Bernier hires former ombudsman to prepare legal action against Warren Kinsella over racism claims

Dec 8 2019 — Bill Curry — Maxime Bernier is preparing a defamation case against political consultant Warren Kinsella for calling Mr. Bernier a racist and a bigot. The People’s Party of Canada Leader has hired lawyer and former Ontario ombudsman André Marin to represent him. Mr. Marin said the defamation case is focused on comments posted to Mr. Kinsella’s personal website. […]

Throne Speech an ‘insult’ to Alberta, Saskatchewan, Scheer says

Dec 6 2019 — — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the Liberal government’s Throne Speech was an “insult” to the people of Alberta and Saskatchewan because it failed to recognize the anger that has resulted from the economic downturn in the region. The Throne Speech, delivered by Governor-General Julie Payette on Thursday, focused on a “call for unity” across Canada, […]

Rona Ambrose is the right choice for Washington ambassador

Dec 3 2019 — Lawrence Martin — If, as reported, Justin Trudeau is considering Rona Ambrose for the post of Washington ambassador, what an intriguing and inspired choice she would be. For starters, in an era of venomous political polarization, this would be a splendid show of bipartisanship. Never has a government chosen its U.S. ambassador from the ranks of the Official […]

John Manley urges ‘prisoner exchange’ to swap Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou for two Canadians held in China

Dec 3 2019 — Steven Chase and Robert Fife — Canada should swap Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou for two Canadians detained in China in a “prisoner exchange,” says former Liberal deputy prime minister John Manley, who is a director of a Canadian telecommunications company that uses equipment from the Chinese multinational. Referring to the Glienicke Bridge, which once separated West Berlin from East Germany, Mr. […]

Scheer camp attempts to calm criticism of Conservative Leader

Dec 1 2019 — Kristy Kirkup — Saskatchewan Senator Denise Batters is speaking out in defence of her long-time friend, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, as he attempts to quash calls for his resignation. Mr. Scheer’s team shared a video of Ms. Batters on social media on the weekend in which the senator urged the Conservative movement to back the leader, who has […]

Andrew Scheer defends leadership as opposition mounts within party

Nov 30 2019 — Kelly Cryderman — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer used a speech in front of a sympathetic Alberta audience to defend his leadership following a bruising week of political criticisms. Mr. Scheer spoke Friday evening in front of about 1,600 United Conservative Party members as part of the kick off for the provincial United Conservative Party’s annual general meeting in […]