Katie Simpson


Katie Simpson is a senior reporter in the Parliamentary Bureau of CBC News. Prior to joining the CBC, she spent nearly a decade in Toronto covering local and provincial issues.

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Beijing snubbed Trudeau's request to talk with Chinese premier about detainees

Beijing ignored a personal attempt by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this year to arrange a conversation with China's premier in order to intervene on behalf of Canadians detained in China, CBC News has learned.

Mayor of latest Canadian town to be hit for online 'ransom' calls for national strategy

Canadian municipalities are "sitting ducks" for "cyber terrorists," says the mayor of Stratford, Ont. — the latest Canadian community to find itself targeted by an online ransom attack.

What an ad buy during the Raptors playoff run says about Conservative strategy

The Conservative Party spent a substantial sum on an ad introducing Raptors fans to party leader Andrew Scheer — a tactic that reflects both the party's deep pockets and Scheer's lingering low profile with voters.

Chinese ambassador to Canada to depart as diplomatic dispute rages on

Lu Shaye, the Chinese ambassador to Canada who has been a combative presence throughout a serious and ongoing dispute between the two countries, is expected to depart soon for a new posting, CBC News has confirmed.

Canadian ambassador's Cuba comment triggered a diplomatic flap with Washington before Pence's visit

An offhand comment by Canada's ambassador to the United States about Cuba touched off a diplomatic flap between the federal government and the U.S. State Department, CBC News has learned.

No tax on sugary drinks in federal Liberal platform, says health minister

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has no intention of introducing a tax on sugary beverages to fight obesity, despite calls from within the party to make the initiative part of the Liberal platform.

Chrystia Freeland tables motion to set the stage for revised NAFTA ratification

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a motion in the House of Commons after question period Monday that sets the stage for the introduction of legislation needed to ratify a renegotiated NAFTA agreement.

Ontario Liberal MPs eye 'soda tax' idea for October election campaign

A "sugar sweetened beverages levy" or what is more commonly known as a soda tax, is included in a list of Ontario caucus priorities obtained by CBC News.

Canada, U.S. reach deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs within 2 days

The nearly year-long tariff war between Canada and the U.S. is almost over. The Canadian government released a statement Friday saying the two sides have agreed to eliminate the tariffs within two days.

Kovrig is 'holding up as well as one could hope for,' says Canadian detainee's boss

After 158 days in Chinese captivity, Canadian Michael Kovrig is doing everything he can to keep his mind focused enough to avoid falling into despair and hopelessness, says his boss.

Ontario Liberal MPs want to run on economy rather than environment in October

Ontario Liberal MPs would rather focus on Canadians' economic anxieties instead of environmental issues during the fall federal election campaign, according to a caucus document obtained by CBC News.

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.

Trudeau talks to Trump about blowback from China and ongoing steel tariffs

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called U.S. President Donald Trump today, seeking an end to U.S. steel tariffs and asking for additional diplomatic assistance in Canada’s ongoing dispute with China.

Trudeau government set to boost cash advances for farmers as canola crisis drags on

The Trudeau government is expanding a federal loan guarantee program for farmers in response to Western Canada's canola crisis — more than doubling the maximum amount of money available to individual producers.

Ottawa considering new retaliation to end U.S. tariff fight, source says

Canada is considering new ways to retaliate against the United States in the hopes of getting steel and aluminium tariffs lifted.