Katie Simpson

Politics

Katie Simpson is a foreign correspondent with CBC News based in Washington. Prior to joining the team in D.C. she spent six years covering Parliament Hill in Ottawa and nearly a decade covering local and provincial issues in Toronto.

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Baird 'seriously considering' Conservative leadership bid: Kenney

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he believes his former cabinet colleague John Baird is "seriously considering" a run for the Conservative leadership.

Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland heading to Washington on trade mission with premiers

Canada’s deputy prime minister is heading to Washington later this week to facilitate high-level trade meetings with the Trump administration for five Canadian premiers, according to sources who spoke to CBC News.

Prime minister's office being urged to appoint Kirsten Hillman as Canada's first female ambassador to U.S.

Canada has never sent a woman to Washington D.C. as its permanent ambassador. A quiet lobbying campaign is underway right now to make Kirsten Hillman the first.

Trump administration shares no blame for downing of Flight PS752, says top Republican

The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives sidestepped questions today about whether the Trump administration should have warned Canada of its plan to kill a top Iranian general — while insisting the U.S. shares no blame for the deaths of 176 people aboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752.

U.S. should have warned Canada of plan to kill Iranian general, say government sources

Canada should have been warned in advance by the Americans of  U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to kill Iran's top military general with a drone strike, say two senior government sources.

NAFTA to come up during Trudeau, Trump meeting at NATO

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be seeking an update on the status of NAFTA talks in the U.S. when he meets with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the NATO summit. 

Trudeau urged to give Freeland domestic portfolio, name her deputy PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to move Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland into a new portfolio and give her additional powers by naming her deputy prime minister, according sources with knowledge of the talks.

Conservatives reviewing election near-miss as Andrew Scheer makes pitch to stay on as leader

The Conservative Party of Canada has started the post-mortem process on the 2019 election campaign, trying to work out what went wrong in the weeks leading up to Monday's vote.

Inside 48 hours and a momentum shift on the Conservative campaign

Andrew Scheer and his team appeared relaxed and quietly confident late last week, dancing at a Nova Scotia rally and joking with reporters. But amid a dramatic push to sharpen his message and build momentum to Election Day, bold claims and a Friday night surprise created some tension.

Ottawa 'poised to act' should U.S. reach deal on NAFTA ratification, Freeland says

Canada's foreign affairs minister is hinting that there is a new sense of urgency in Washington in the push to get the revised NAFTA ratified. That raises a question: what would happen if action is needed here before election day?

Quebec Liberal volunteer caught disposing of Conservative campaign literature

A volunteer helping out with the re-election campaign of Quebec Liberal Anthony Housefather was caught disposing of Conservative literature out on the campaign trail. 

Conservatives say they're not bothered by modest crowd sizes

Andrew Scheer's people say they're not troubled by the modest turnout of supporters at some of the Conservative leader's public campaign events. In fact, they say it's all part of the strategy.

Scheer will stand by candidates with racist, homophobic past comments as long as they apologize

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will stand by candidates who have made controversial past comments, whether homophobic or racist, as long as the candidate apologizes and takes responsibility.

Dominic Barton named Canada's next ambassador to China

The Trudeau government has picked a trusted economic adviser to be its new ambassador to China. Sources tell CBC News that Dominic Barton will be heading to Beijing to take on the role, after the Chinese government formally accepted his appointment.

Scheer gets support from openly gay candidate over same-sex marriage controversy

As Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer continues to battle claims that he is intolerant of the LGBTQ2 community, an openly gay candidate for his party said today he is convinced Scheer's thinking has evolved over time.