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Singh says NDP, Liberals having ‘ongoing’ discussions about fast-tracking legislation through Parliament

Nov 22 2021 — — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party is engaged in “ongoing” discussions with the Liberals about fast-tracking legislation that both parties support, but is warning that his party will strongly oppose the government’s plans to scale back COVID-19 benefits. Mr. Singh made the comments to reporters on Monday as Members of Parliament returned to the […]

More than 100 retailers, including Lululemon, at high risk of having forced-labour cotton in supply chains: report

Nov 22 2021 — — Lululemon, the apparel company selected as the official outfitter for Team Canada at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, is among dozens of international brands and retailers at risk of having cotton produced by Chinese forced labour in their supply chains. China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, which produces a fifth of the world’s cotton, is where researchers […]

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says Huawei 5G would leave Canada’s networks vulnerable to China

Nov 20 2021 — Steven Chase — Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who banned China’s Huawei Technologies from providing equipment for his country’s 5G wireless networks, says Canadians should ask themselves a question as they ponder whether to do the same: are they comfortable with leaving a vital piece of infrastructure vulnerable to the Chinese government?

Poroshenko says ‘extremely possible’ Russian military could cross border into Ukraine

Nov 19 2021 — Steven Chase — Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says he thinks it’s “extremely possible” Russian troops massing on his country’s border could invade and urges NATO to supply Kiev with equipment including anti-aircraft weaponry that raises the cost to Moscow of an incursion. Mr. Poroshenko, a participant at the Halifax International Security Forum taking place this weekend, also […]

Canadian lobbyist seeks deal with Sudan’s military regime as Sudanese-Canadians demand ban on lobbying contracts

Nov 19 2021 — — Canadian lobbyist Ari Ben-Menashe says he is negotiating a contract with the military-dominated regime that took power after Sudan’s latest coup, even as Sudanese-Canadian activists launch a protest campaign to demand a ban on such contracts. Mr. Ben-Menashe also disclosed that he is helping secure a deal that could allow Russia access to a Sudanese […]

Canada begins trade talks with southeast Asian bloc to diversify trade in region

Nov 17 2021 — Steven Chase — Canada is starting negotiations on a free-trade agreement with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a pact that could help expand and deepen Canadian business ties in the Indo-Pacific region beyond China. International Trade Minister Mary Ng announced the decision to commence talks Tuesday following a virtual meeting with economic ministers representing countries that […]

Trudeau to push back against U.S. protectionism in meeting with Biden

Nov 16 2021 — Robert Fife — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold an in-person meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday in which he will push back against rising U.S. protectionism, as three of North America’s largest business organizations urge greater international trade co-operation on the continent. The Prime Minister told reporters Monday that he intends to use his one-on-one time […]

China warns Vancouver against forging partnership with Taiwanese city

Nov 12 2021 — Steven Chase — The Chinese government is warning the City of Vancouver against forging a special relationship with the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, an objection that comes as Beijing steps up efforts to diplomatically isolate and intimidate the self-governing island. The Chinese consulate in Vancouver this week released a statement criticizing a proposal to designate the southern port […]

O’Toole sending a message to mandatory vaccination critics with shadow-cabinet exclusions, says Conservative MP

Nov 11 2021 — — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s decision to largely exclude critics of mandatory vaccination from his shadow cabinet this week is prompting strong reaction from both sides of his divided caucus ahead of Parliament’s opening later this month. Several high-profile Conservative MPs – including Mark Strahl and Shannon Stubbs – who had made public comments critical of […]