Brennan MacDonald

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

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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.

Ottawa stands by U.S. as safe third country, despite new border policy

The federal government says it continues to designate the U.S. a safe third country despite calls to suspend the Canada-U.S. border pact in the wake of new controversial asylum rules implemented by the Trump administration.

Turkey's purchase of Russian missiles a 'serious and difficult' issue for alliance, says NATO chief

Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile defence system represents a serious and difficult problem for NATO, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, but he remains optimistic a solution can be found.

Mexican official says a deal is close to lift U.S. steel tariffs as Freeland heads to D.C.

A senior Mexican cabinet secretary said today she thinks Mexico is close to a deal to lift the United States' controversial 'national security' tariffs on steel and aluminum and suggested Canada, the U.S. and Mexico might negotiate a trilateral agreement to eliminate the tariffs.

Robert Fife had 'a lot of sleepless nights' after breaking the SNC-Lavalin story

Globe and Mail Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife said he was worried for weeks after breaking the SNC-Lavalin story that has rocked the Liberal government, fearing that former cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould would refute his reporting.

China compiling list of Canadian targets for possible retaliation in ongoing diplomatic spat: former envoy

China has asked its regional governments to draw up a list of business dealings they have with Canadian firms in order to widen the scope of ways the superpower can strike back against Canada in the ongoing dispute over the arrest of a senior Chinese telecom executive, said Canadian ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques.

Goodale says he won't put Canadians 'at risk' to bring ISIS fighters home for trial

A day after the United States called on its allies fighting in Syria and Iraq to bring their foreign fighters home for prosecution, Canada is insisting it will not put its citizens at risk to answer the call.

Peaceful transition 'absolutely' possible in Venezuela, says Freeland

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says a peaceful transition of power is “absolutely” possible in Venezuela, even as embattled President Nicolas Maduro digs in his heels and opposition leaders refuse to rule out military intervention.

'Far too premature' to discuss military intervention in Venezuela, says Sajjan

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan says it's too soon to consider military intervention to address the political crisis gripping Venezuela.

Canada could threaten U.S. security by allowing Huawei into 5G network, says U.S. senator

Vice-Chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner joined CBC's Power & Politics Thursday to talk about why he thinks Canada's use of Huawei 5G technology would pose a risk to the U.S.

Scheer says detention of Canadians in China is retaliation for Huawei arrest

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer says he believes that China's detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig is a retaliation against Canada over the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Donald Trump undermined Canada on Huawei arrest, says former U.S. ambassador

Former U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke says Donald Trump undermined Canada over the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou when he remarked that he could intervene in the case if it helped secure a trade deal.

Canada sanctioned 17 Saudis over the Khashoggi killing — but is it enough?

The Canadian government announced this morning that it's sanctioning 17 Saudi nationals in connection with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Should the government go further?