National Newswatch

Canada to attend first Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting since Trudeau’s APEC no-show

Jan 19 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Canada will attend a key meeting on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo next week, two months after a high-profile no-show that infuriated its negotiating partners, the Canadian and Japanese governments have confirmed. The meeting of chief negotiators Monday and Tuesday is intended to accelerate progress on the 11-country trade zone after Australia’s […]

Royal Canadian Mint sues Royal Australian Mint in row over poppy coin printing

Jan 18 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — The Royal Canadian Mint is suing its Australian counterpart over the way it prints red poppies on its commemorative Remembrance Day coins. Documents filed in Australia’s Federal Court in December allege The Royal Australian Mint used without permission a printing method patented by the Canadian mint — which is now demanding that Australia’s 500,000 commemorative […]

Interest-rate hike could turn aspirational voters away from Trudeau’s Liberals

Jan 17 2018 — John Ivison — Justin Trudeau was elected on a “fairness” ticket — in his words, “putting more money in the pockets of those who need it, instead of giving advantages and benefits to the wealthy.” But polls suggest Canadians are experiencing acute anxiety about their personal debt situations — and Wednesday’s interest-rate rise is likely to worsen circumstances […]

John Ivison has a pint with the PM: This Liberal’s not for turning

Jan 17 2018 — John Ivison — The problem with the Liberal Party, as articulated by former NDP leader Tommy Douglas, was that it often had a wish-bone where it should have had a back-bone. Yet Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are proving themselves as rigidly dogmatic in their world view as Stephen Harper’s Conservatives ever were. The latest example is the furor over […]

Canada appears offside with U.S. after inviting China to sidelines of Vancouver North Korea meeting

Jan 12 2018 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Canada and the United States don’t seem to agree on whether China should’ve been on the guest list for a North Korea summit both countries are hosting in Vancouver next week. After China’s foreign minister issued a statement this week that heavily criticized the Jan. 16 meeting, U.S. State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein told […]