National Newswatch

Taverner dined with interview panelist, Ford before OPP appointment

Jan 14 2019 — — Toronto police Superintendent Ron Taverner, the Ontario government’s choice as the next commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, met with Premier Doug Ford multiple times in the months leading up to his appointment, including a dinner with the hiring official who vetted Supt. Taverner for the high-profile position.

Canadians targeted in thwarted 2018 terror plot in Israel

Jan 11 2019 — Michelle Zilio — A Canadian delegation was among a group of high-profile targets that a man now convicted of terrorism planned to attack in Jerusalem last year, according to the Israel Security Agency. Muhammad Jamal Rashdeh was sentenced to 11 years in prison in connection with the plot, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday. Israel’s internal security […]

Conservatives call on Trudeau to reach out to China’s President over detained Canadians

Jan 8 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Conservative Party wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately telephone China’s President to seek the release of two imprisoned Canadians, and to inform the people of Canada whether it is safe to travel to China. The party’s foreign affairs critic, Erin O’Toole, said it is baffling that Mr. Trudeau called U.S. President Donald Trump […]

Canadians support Ottawa’s decision to arrest Huawei executive, poll shows

Jan 8 2019 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — More than 80 per cent of Canadians have negative impressions of China’s authoritarian rulers and more than half believe Canada was right to detain a senior Huawei executive for possible extradition to the United States, a new poll shows. Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, currently released on $10-million bail and confined to the Vancouver area, […]

Canadian parliamentarians push China to immediately free two detained Canadians

Jan 7 2019 — Robert Fife and Michelle Zilio — A delegation of Canadian parliamentarians pressed Chinese officials on Monday to immediately release two jailed Canadians, warning the continued detentions have caused a “major chill” in relations between both countries. Conservative MP Michael Cooper, one of the six lawmakers visiting China, said the delegation protested the treatment of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur […]

Why Trudeau might lose

Jan 5 2019 — Margaret Wente — Justin Trudeau may face a surprisingly tough election fight this year. His worst problem is not the winsome dimples of Andrew Scheer (a man few of us would recognize if we bumped into him). His problem is that after three years of exposure, the charm has worn thin. He is often glib. He strikes a […]

Approval for Trudeau’s performance about the same as it was for Harper’s in 2014, survey shows

Jan 3 2019 — Janice Dickson — A new survey suggests that Canadians are feeling as positively about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s current performance in office as they felt about Stephen Harper’s in his final year of majority government. According to a survey conducted jointly by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy, 35 per cent of respondents rated […]

Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since Huawei executive’s arrest, says Ottawa

Jan 3 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since the high-profile arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1, according to a Canadian government official. A Global Affairs Canada spokesperson, Guillaume Bérubé, confirmed the detentions in a statement to The Globe and Mail. Until Thursday, only three Canadians – Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor […]

Federal Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne ‘laser-focused’ on construction projects for 2019

Jan 2 2019 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau built a successful 2015 election platform around a core promise: Short-term deficits will boost the economy through a massive increase in infrastructure spending. With less than a year to go before voters cast their judgment in the next federal election, the deficits have materialized. The promised return to balance by 2019 […]

Veterans Affairs skipped normal consultations to introduce new Pensions For Life for disabled vets

Jan 2 2019 — Gloria Galloway — Veterans Affairs is being accused of avoiding consultations with veterans after introducing details of its Pensions for Life program. The new pension plan, which will take effect in April of 2019, will save the government money, at least in the short term, and reduce the compensation awarded to many disabled soldiers. During the first four […]