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Ottawa, May 30 (Canadian-Media): China had been accusing the federal Liberals of their discriminatory decision to block the takeover of the Canadian construction giant, Aecon, by China Communications Construction Company, a state-owned enterprise, media reports said.
Lu Shaye. Image credit: Facebook page
China’s Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye said “Canada’s rejection of Aecon shows that Chinese enterprises are suffering from unfair treatment – and it’s not the first time...Only by getting rid of such kinds of demons can Canada relieve the burden, co-operate with China and come aboard the express train of China’s development.”
Calling on Canada to get rid of such ”demons” of prejudice against his country, Lu cited threats to sovereignty in rejecting the $1.5-billion sale of Toronto’s Aecon Group Inc. to China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).
Lu further clarified that he did not threaten retaliation against Canada but the decision is likely to cause a rift with China in their exploration of free-trade talks and deeper economic ties.
Intelligence officials in both Canada and the U.S. had warned lawmakers about the risks associated with companies that are owned in part, or in full, by the Chinese government and added that these
companies not only seek profit; rather, they often pass on information and technology to Beijing.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his cabinet vetoed a Chinese takeover of Aecon because of concerns it could control critical infrastructure projects and threaten Canadian sovereignty.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Facebook page
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, May 28 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked to examine both the security threat and cost-efficiency of transferring Canadian intellectual property to Chinese telecommunications' Huawei Technologies, media reports said.
About $50-million had been reportedly committed by Huawei to 13 leading Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, McGill University and the University of British Columbia, to fund the development of 5G mobile technology to aid in the development of next-generation mobile networks.
Trudeau was asked to assemble a team of deputy ministers and top security officials to examine if Huawei posed a cybersecurity danger because of its close links to China’s ruling Communist Party.
It was revealed recently that Huawei was helping China’s state security apparatus spy on its Uyghur minority.
Former top Canadian intelligence officials' concern that Huawei could use 5G technology for espionage.
But Scott Bradley, Huawei spokesman, denied this charge.
The matter was referred to Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, who said "our government will never compromise national security and will always listen to the advice of public-security officials.”
Bains' concern was backed by the office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
Ottawa patent prosecutor Natalie Raffoul said “the big question to be asking is, ‘How is this benefiting Canada...a certain amount of IP ownership remains in Canada, or at least profit-sharing remains with the Canadian entity” that participated in the research.
But Vivek Goel, vice-president of research and innovation with University of Toronto did not favour Ottawa's constraints about transferring ownership of university research and said, “it would be unfortunate if we took a stance of building a wall around Canada and leaving global industry out. We’re too small a market and we don’t have enough capital [domestically] to develop the intellectual property.”
However, McGill University law professor Richard Gold said, "We should welcome foreign investment in our research enterprise, but must ensure that the bulk of the benefits do not flow outward when Canadians are footing most of the bill.”
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New York/Ottawa, May 18 (Canadian-Media): During participation in an armchair discussion at a luncheon given by the Economic Club of New York in New York on Thursday, May 17, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said, the three countries party to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade pact haven't signed off on a new agreement because of the Americans' demand for a sunset clause, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau/Facebook page
The sunset clause, put on the table by the Americans, would reportedly force all three countries to proactively agree — every five years — that they will remain in the trade pact. If they do not agree, the deal will be automatically killed.
Adding sunset clause to NAFTA would mean the deal would have to be renegotiated every five years. It's something Canada and Mexico are very reluctant to agree to because of the economic shocks that come from uncertainty about NAFTA's future, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is negotiating for the Americans.
"We don't feel a deal with a sunset clause is much of a deal at all," Trudeau said.
Speaking on stage at an event at the Economic Club in New York today, Trudeau said the three countries are close to putting pen to paper on a renegotiated NAFTA and there is "a good deal on the table" right now — particularly for the automotive sector, an industry that accounts for a significant portion of cross-border North American trade.
"I'm confident in saying that we have found a proposal that is broadly acceptable to the three partners and our industries on the auto side of things," he said.
Despite sending a positive message on the state of negotiations, Trudeau's optimism on the auto file was later questioned by Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexico's economic minister.
"Congratulations @JustinTrudeau for a great interview at @EconClubNY - but a clarification is necessary: any renegotiated #NAFTA that implies losses of existing Mexican jobs is unacceptable," Guajardo said.
"Mexico has engaged constructively in the #NAFTA negotiations. Our proposals intend to rebalance 3-way trade by creating new business opportunities & jobs for Mexico, Canada, and the United States."
In a press conference after his luncheon Q&A, Trudeau acknowledged that nothing has been agreed to yet on the auto front.
"There are some very tangible proposals on the table including around auto proposals put forward by Canada and Mexico that are meaningful ... and line up with some of the longstanding bargaining positions of the U.S.," he said. "There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic."
The United States declared the NAFTA countries were nowhere close to a deal.
"The NAFTA countries are nowhere near close to a deal....There are gaping differences," U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said in an evening statement.
"We of course will continue to engage in negotiations, and I look forward to working with my counterparts to secure the best possible deal for American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses."
All three countries agreed that they would keep negotiating beyond Thursday, a date that had been presented as a procedural deadline for getting a deal to the U.S. Congress for a vote this year.
Some fear delay will add political unpredictability, since many of the politicians now involved will no longer be in politics next year: Mexico will have a new administration, the U.S. will have a new Congress after midterm elections, and several senior American lawmakers are retiring.
Trudeau had spent the day promoting the idea that an agreement was now within reach.
"We are close to a deal," Trudeau said in New York. "We are down to a point where there is a good deal on the table...We'll keep working until they shut off the lights."
Top U.S. lawmaker Paul Ryan had declared Thursday as the last date for meeting the procedural deadlines for a vote this year.
On Thursday, he revised that slightly.
Ryan clarified that if the independent body in the U.S. tasked with analyzing trade deals managed to assess the new NAFTA faster than legally required, in theory, an agreement could still get to the floor for a vote in this Congress.
Bank of Canada, in the meantime said that trade uncertainty is hurting the economy, reducing business investment by about two percent and the overall gross domestic product by about 0.2 pe cent this year.
The tariff threats have further increased this uncertainty.
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Ottawa/May 16 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans, during his three-day U.S. excursion, to sell Canada and the Canada-U. S. partnership to an American audience, during American baseball culture this morning, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Facebook Page
With the nearing of target date to complete negotiations for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) later this week, Trudeau's three-day U.S. visit will begin with a speech for New York University at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Trudeau's this week’s trip to U.S., said a Trudeau official, is yet another chance for the prime minister to promote Canada-U. S. partnership to an American audience.
For the second time this year that Trudeau will reportedly address directly to convince an American audience why the Canada-U. S. trade relationship is so critical for both countries and why NAFTA needs to be salvaged.
In February of this year, Trudeau had told students at the University of Chicago that U.S. President Donald Trump's repeated threat to tear up NAFTA would hurt millions of Americans.
Trudeau will reportedly receive, on Wednesday an honorary degree from New York University, his second such degree as prime minister; he received his first honorary degree last July at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
On Thursday, Trudeau will address the Economic Club of New York and on Friday he will participate in the Solve conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
He also has one-on-one meetings set up with a number of American executives.
Sean Speer -- a senior fellow in fiscal policy at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a former senior economic adviser to the prime minister’s Conservative predecessor, Stephen Harper -- had used a similar approach when working to change U.S. policy on country-of-origin labelling but Trudeau has taken it to a whole new level.
“I think they deserve tremendous credit for that,” said Speer. “I think it’s the right approach.”
Speer said he thinks the strategy is working and is “one of the most impressive accomplishments in the Trudeau government’s first couple of years.”
Speer said almost every Trudeau foreign trip reportedly includes at least one of those groups.
This trip, said Speer is another example of Trudeau working to get his message through to Trump by lobbying all around him, including congressional leaders, state governments, or in this case, business executives and students.
Trump has promised to tear up NAFTA if a better deal for the United States can’t be negotiated.
The deal was first signed in 1994, and negotiations to modernize it began last August.
Trudeau spoke by phone with Trump about NAFTA earlier this week.
Besides agreement on automobile manufacturing, the dairy industry and pharmaceutical pricing are also proving to problematic.
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Ottawa, May 12 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale at a ceremony in Regina, Manitoba, at the RCMP's training depot announced the appointment of Brenda Lucki as Canada's first permanent female RCMP's commissioner, media reports said.
Lucki, a 32-year veteran of the force, had earlier served as the commanding officer of the RCMP's training academy in Saskatchewan, at divisions in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, worked with United Nations in the former Yugoslavia and had trained police units for the UN Civilian Police Mission in Haiti.
Lucki was also the recipient of United National Force Commander's commendation for bravery, two UN protection forces medals and the Canadian peacekeeping service medal.
She would be replacing for Bob Paulson, who retired in June 2017.
The candidates for the RCMP's commissioner post were screened for "Indigenous culture and a sensitivity to the issues relevant to the diversity of the Canadian population." as mentioned in the job posting.
A committee of six woman and three men led by Frank McKenna, the former premier of New Brunswick who also served as Canada's ambassador to the United States had made her selection.
Luki's previous experience of working with Indigenous groups, including her induction into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and her efforts to promote relations with First Nations in northern Manitoba were in her favour.
Lucki was reportedly considered by Trudeu capable of promoting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, advancing gender equality, addressing workplace harassment and protecting the civil liberties of Canadians.
Lucki's appointment on Friday coincided with the time when the force's relations with Indigenous communities are strained.
Last month Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley's was acquittal of murder of First Nations man Colten Boushie had several questions regarding bias of police and the justice system against Indigenous people.
"I plan to challenge assumptions, seek explanations and better understand the reasons how we operate. This means that no stone will be left unturned. And if what we find works, then we carry on until we unearth the issues that need addressing," Lucki was reported to state.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, May 8 (Canadian-Media): United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump had given his decision that he would pull out of the Iran Nuclear agreement, media reports said,
Earlier Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had been requesting Trump not to pull his country out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
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Trudeau had argued that by U.S.'s pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran would become more poweful with nuclear weapons and this would pose risks to the world,
2015 Iran nuclear agreement was reportedly a bill that was passed by the US Congress in May 2015, giving Congress the right to review any agreement reached in talks with Iran aiming to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Trump considered this agreement, which was implemented under President Barack Obama, to be "the worst deal ever."
Moreover media had reported that John Kerry, who had led Obama's efforts finalise the Iran nuclear deal, had been promoting support for the deal which annoyed Trump and he threatened to move out of the Iron Nuclear Deal.
When Kerry said that withdrawing from the agreement "doesn't make sense," Trump fired back at her on Twitter early Tuesday that Kerry had his chance and blew it" with Iran.
Trump added: "Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!"
Trump had said that he wanted time till May 12 to decide whether to uphold the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or to withdraw from it and had tweeted late Monday night that he would announce his decision by Tuesday afternoon.
Iran, in the meantime, had complied with the agreement and said he was ready to curb nuclear enrichment provided the U.S., the European Union (EU) and United Nations (U.N.). would not lift sanctions against it.
European countries who met on Tuesday also confirmed their support for the deal and had urged Trump not to pull the U.S. out.
China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the EU also supported this agreement.
During December and January, there had been nationwide protests in Iran due to Iran's poor economy and unemployment which resulted in the death of at least 25 people reportedly and nearly 5,000 arrested.
Iran's parliamentary speaker said a U.S. pullout could lead to more unity among Iranians and would be a threat to the world.
Trump called the deal "disastrous," calling it one-sided deal "allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium" and added that if he allowed the deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race.