Julie Van Dusen

Senior Reporter

Julie Van Dusen has covered politics for more than 20 years in CBC's Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa.

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Canadian pastor's release from North Korean prison result of long diplomatic negotiation: source

The release of a Canadian pastor held in a North Korean prison for more than two years was the result of a long negotiation between Canada and North Korea, CBC News has learned.

Canada's Dominion Carillonneur becomes a citizen on Canada Day

Dr. Andrea McCrady laughs when she's asked why she has wanted to become a Canadian citizen for years. "I'm so excited! Who wouldn't want to become a Canadian. Its a great country."

Liberal MPs get closed-door briefing on harassment

Eager to avoid a repeat of past scandals, the Liberal caucus used a closed-door meeting to give MPs clear guidelines on appropriate workplace behaviour and to encourage them to report harassment between MPs and staff to the proper authorities, caucus sources tell CBC News.

Committee filibuster over changes to House of Commons rules to resume Monday, opposition MPs say

When Parliament returns after a week’s break tomorrow, opposition MPs are vowing to continue their marathon attempts to talk out the legislative clock in their effort to derail the Liberal government’s plans to reform how the House of Commons operates.

Police say woman stole car on Parliament Hill after trying to get into Centre Block

Ottawa police have charged a 27-year-old Ottawa woman they say stole a taxi to drive to Parliament Hill and then stole another vehicle once she was turned away from its entrance by Hill security.

Leader of Senate independents defends decision to send Don Meredith to UN women's conference

The convener of the Independent Senators Group is defending her decision to send Don Meredith to the UN women's conference in New York, even while he was facing questions from the Senate ethics officer about his sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

Any number of reasons could prompt the pot-smoking question at U.S. border

If simply telling a U.S. border guard that you have smoked pot can get you barred from the country for life, many who have never been asked the question might be wondering what prompts a customs officer to pose the query in the first place.

Banning Canadians from U.S. for life for smoking pot 'ludicrous,' says Goodale

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canadians slapped with a lifetime ban on entering the United States for telling a border guard they have recreationally smoked pot is a "ridiculous situation" that needs to be addressed.

Have you ever smoked weed? Answer this question and you could be banned from the U.S.

What's the advice from a Canadian who admitted at the border to using marijuana before he was legally prescribed the drug? Just deny it, even if you're entering a U.S. state where recreational and medical use of pot is also legal.

Martin, Chrétien portraits to hang side by side, with a pillar in between

The official portrait of former prime minister Paul Martin will be unveiled May 11 in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill.

Pierre Trudeau's desk retrieved from storage for his son to use

Canada's new prime minister has made a lot of changes in his first month in office, but CBC News has learned Justin Trudeau has also brought a bit of history back to Parliament Hill.

Justin Trudeau joyfully mobbed by federal civil servants

Things have transformed. Just two days after Justin Trudeau's cabinet was sworn in, it's become a different world for a political reporter. And the civil service is behaving differently too.

Peter Goldring's pocket pen video camera keeps MPs talking

Every morning, Conservative MP Peter Goldring tucks an accessory into his suit pocket: a tiny video camera, commonly called a spy pen or camera pen. Goldring carries it everywhere, and last fall he advised other MPs to do the same to avoid "besmirchment."

MP Wayne Marston's politics shaped by poverty and family tragedy

NDP MP Wayne Marston is acutely aware that MPs bring their own experiences to Parliament Hill, those key events that shape who they are. For Marston, that includes childhood poverty, his father’s alcohol abuse, his mother's mental illness and his sister's strangulation when he was just two.

MPs switch suits to promote national fitness

It can be challenge enough to get politicians of different stripes to congregate happily in the same room. So how about the same pool, out of their usual element of suits and talking points, and in bathing suits and goggles instead? That's what a group of MPs do several times a week in the name of national fitness.