Robert Fife, The Globe and Mail

Robert Fife

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Trudeau says he has no knowledge of China funding federal candidates, sidesteps questions of election interference

Prime Minister said he has never been given any intelligence briefing that China had ‘directly or indirectly’ provided money to help elect federal candidates → Read More

Trudeau backs right to protest in China as anti-government demonstrations sweep across country

It’s the prime minster’s first comments on China since Canada unveiled new Indo-Pacific strategy → Read More

RCMP investigating Chinese interference in Canadian affairs, Commissioner says

Brenda Lucki declines to detail precisely what type of Chinese activities are being probed by the RCMP → Read More

Canada will soon decide if launching trade talks with Taiwan: official

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said a trade deal is among the top ways Ottawa can help as China ramps up efforts to isolate the self-governing island → Read More

India’s envoy calls on Canada to crack down on Canadian funding of Khalistan separatist movement

Sanjay Kumar Verma told The Globe and Mail that India has long been concerned that some segments of the Sikh community in Canada are offering support and money to secessionists who want to separate Punjab from India → Read More

Canada to bolster security to combat foreign influence, disinformation in new Indo-Pacific strategy

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly will unveil an Indo-Pacific strategy this weekend, which will include vows to fight meddling by foreign powers in the region and Canadian affairs → Read More

Trudeau rejects call from Alberta to fire RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino declines to say whether Ottawa would Lucki to second term as head of the RCMP after Alberta Justice Minister calls for her ‘immediate’ dismissal → Read More

Legislation to tackle forced labour criticized as ‘meaningless’

The National Council of Canadian Muslims has urged MPs to amend the legislation, Bill S-211, so that it bars all imports from China’s western Xinjiang region → Read More

Uyghur Canadians call for tougher law against Chinese goods produced by forced labor

The World Uyghur Congress suspects China is sending goods made with forced labour into Canada as a way to circumvent the United States’ barriers to imports from Xinjiang → Read More

Brenda Lucki vows to keep top RCMP job amid cabinet discontent

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not made a decision on whether to reappoint Commissioner Lucki when her five-year term comes up for renewal in March → Read More

Ottawa vows to tackle foreign interference from China in Canadian politics

Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy aims to call out China as an increasingly disruptive global power → Read More

Ottawa warns of China’s growing threat in new Indo-Pacific strategy

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly will outline the broad themes of the government’s new strategy in a major speech to be delivered in Toronto to the Asia Pacific Foundation and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy → Read More

Canadian businesses urge Ottawa to resolve Nexus dispute with Washington

The dispute, which has left about 490,000 Canadians waiting in the queue to get their applications approved, also involves the Fast program that makes cross-border commercial shipments simpler and subject to fewer delays → Read More

Former Japanese navy commander calls on Canada and West to prepare for Chinese invasion of Taiwan

Retired Japanese vice-admiral says the democratic world should prepare for a likely Chinese invasion of Taiwan within five years and to use the threat of economic sanctions and military readiness to ward off Beijing → Read More

Special committee of MPs will see secret documents on firing of two Winnipeg infectious disease scientists

Xiangguo Qiu and her husband, Keding Cheng, were dismissed in 2021. The committee will also see documents involving the transfer of Ebola, Henipah viruses, overseen by Dr. Qiu, to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2019 → Read More

Conference partly funded by National Defence includes speaker who denied China committed genocide

Conference on East Asia is drawing criticism from Uyghur human-rights advocates for having Henry Wang, president and founder of the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing, speak on a panel → Read More

VIA Rail adds ‘buffer’ cars to some trains in case of crash in aging fleet

The empty cars act as crumple zones on trains that use the stainless steel coaches → Read More

Canada will accede to U.S. request to share travel information on convicted child predators

Ottawa plans to introduce legislation that would allow the federal government to routinely notify Washington when Canadians convicted of sexual offences against children travel to the U.S. → Read More

CSIS alerted British intelligence that operative had smuggled three teens into Syria in 2015, sources say

Scotland Yard was frantically searching for the missing teens in February, 2015, and was apparently unaware that they had been smuggled into Syria by a double agent who was working for both CSIS and the Islamic State → Read More

CSIS violated its own rules in smuggling of British teens

Steven Blaney, the Conservative public safety minister at the time the girls were trafficked, told The Globe and Mail that he wasn’t aware of the covert operation and that CSIS should have acted within the law → Read More