Brennan MacDonald

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Brennan MacDonald is an associate producer for CBC's national television program Power & Politics.

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Michael Kovrig's wife says she backs letter by former MPs, diplomats calling for Meng Wanzhou's release

Vina Nadjibulla says she fully supports a letter by 19 former parliamentarians and diplomats calling on the federal justice minister to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in the hopes that it will result in the liberation of her husband Michael Kovrig from Chinese detention. 

Former parliamentarians, diplomats pen letter calling on Canada to release Meng

A group of high-profile Canadians, including former parliamentarians and senior diplomats, say Justice Minister David Lametti should end extradition proceedings for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to give Canada a chance to "re-define its strategic approach to China."

Holding China accountable is in Canada's 'moral' and 'strategic' interests, says ex-ambassador

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says China's actions early on in the pandemic 'absolutely' should be investigated and that holding the regime accountable is in Canada's 'moral' and 'strategic' interests.

235 Canadians among 3,500 passengers on cruise ship quarantined over coronavirus fears

A cruise ship that has been quarantined off the coast of California by public health officials over fears of a possible COVID-19 outbreak includes 235 Canadian passengers, Global Affairs Canada has confirmed.

Departmental review finds no 'credible' link between Saudi arms exports and human rights abuses

Global Affairs Canada says it has found no credible evidence linking Canadian exports of military equipment to human rights violations by the government of Saudi Arabia — and it has another 48 applications for permits to export military equipment to the kingdom ready for government approval — a newly released document shows.

Turkey hasn't asked Canada to accept return of ISIS fighters after Syria incursion, says Global Affairs

Global Affairs said today that Turkey has not asked Canada to accept any foreign fighters who might have been detained during its operations in northern Syria.

Liberals remove campaign video from Facebook that featured Julie Payette

The Liberals have removed a promotional video from leader Justin Trudeau's Facebook page that featured behind-the-scenes footage from the first day of the election campaign, including video of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette inside Rideau Hall.
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Any province could veto a major pipeline under an NDP government, says Singh

An NDP government would grant all provinces veto power over national infrastructure projects that cross their borders, says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

Green Party won't ban members from trying to reopen abortion debate, says May

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says elected members of her party won't be prevented from trying to reopen the debate on abortion in the next Parliament, despite her own stated belief that "a woman has a right to a safe, legal abortion."

Canada's top soldier says he doesn't regret his actions in the Norman affair

Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance tells Power & Politics that while his decision to suspend Vice Admiral Mark Norman was "personally difficult," he doesn't regret any of the actions that he took.

It's 'imperative' that Canada repatriate its detained ISIS fighters, says Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his administration has been clear with the Canadian government that the U.S. wants Canada to bring home its own citizens who joined ISIS and are now detained in Syria.

A campaign loss on climate change would turn the issue into a political 'loser': Trudeau

Climate change will be seen as an "electoral loser" by future governments if Canadians vote for a party that doesn't take real action on the issue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a new book.

Canada, U.S. working to move EU toward sanctions on Venezuela, says top U.S. official

The U.S. special representative for Venezuela says the U.S. and Canada have strategized on how to move the European Union toward imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro regime.

Freeland called ex-China diplomat to assure him government wasn't trying to muzzle him

Former Canadian ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called him last week to assure him personally that the government wasn't trying to "muzzle" his public comments on Canada-China relations.

Canada could get better trade deal with U.K. post-Brexit, says Rona Ambrose

Rona Ambrose, the former interim Conservative leader, told CBC News Network's Power & Politics that a no-deal Brexit could allow Canada to secure a better bilateral trade deal with the U.K.