Brennan MacDonald

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

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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.
POWER & POLITICS

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.
POWER & POLITICS

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.
POWER & POLITICS

'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.
POWER & POLITICS

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.
POWER & POLITICS

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.
POWER & POLITICS

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.
Analysis

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?
POWER & POLITICS

Canada should suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia, says former Trudeau adviser

A former foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging the federal government to suspend any further deliveries of military equipment to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
POWER & POLITICS

Congressman says new cannabis border law could land if Democrats take control next month

A Democrat congressman says he hopes to see new legislation aimed at clearing up problems at the Canada-U.S. border posed by cannabis legalization if his party takes control of Congress in next month's midterm elections.
POWER & POLITICS

B.C. calls on Ottawa to address concerns about legal weed and the border

B.C.'s solicitor general says the federal government needs to get to work with the U.S. government to ensure that Canadians who use cannabis, or who work or invest in the legal cannabis market here, don't face a lifetime ban from entering the United States.
POWER & POLITICS

'He did the right thing': Former premiers back Doug Ford's use of the notwithstanding clause

Former premiers Christy Clark, Brad Wall and Jean Charest joined Power & Politics Thursday to discuss Ontario Premier Doug Ford's decision to use the notwithstanding clause to shrink the size of Toronto city council. All three were unanimous in saying Justin Trudeau should not intervene.
POWER & POLITICS

Canada's purchase of Trans Mountain clears major U.S. hurdle

A U.S. national security review has given Canada's purchase of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline the thumbs-up. The federal government says all necessary regulatory approvals have been received to close the sale.