Katie Simpson

Politics

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.

Latest from Katie Simpson

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.

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.

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.

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.

Justice Canada studied Trump's comments on Huawei extradition, documents show

Donald Trump's comment about his willingness to intervene in the court case against a Huawei executive, is included in the Canadian Justice Department's legal analysis of the extradition case against Meng Wanzhou.

Lloyd Axworthy to lead Canada's election observation mission to Ukraine

Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy will lead Canada’s election observation mission to Ukraine as concerns mount that Russia may interfere in the country’s democratic process, CBC News has learned.

Liberal MP denies coordinated support for Trudeau, despite nearly identical online messages

A backbench Liberal MP says no one put words in her mouth when she praised the prime minister's treatment of women on social media over the weekend. Messages of support were posted by other female MPs on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram amid questions about Justin Trudeau's interactions with women in caucus.

Trudeau, Freeland held 19 high-level international talks with allies on China dispute

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have held 19 high-level discussions with foreign heads of government, ministers and diplomats in an effort to rally support for several Canadians now being held by China.

140 international scholars, former diplomats urge China to release 2 Canadians

A group of 140 academics, former diplomats, and others from around the world are urging China to immediately release of two detained Canadians, warning the situation is causing a chill on China's relations around the world.

Canada dusts off old message for new anti-tariff charm offensive

The prime minister's inner circle is ramping up another lobbying push in Washington to terminate American tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Ottawa hosted confidential talks with North Korea on de-nuclearization

Canada quietly hosted high-level officials from North Korea back in the fall — a low-profile effort to convince the police state to respect human rights and abandon its quest for a nuclear arsenal.

Detainees 'not on the agenda' for mission to China, says senator

The plight of two Canadians detained in China following the arrest of a Chinese tech mogul in Vancouver is "not on [the] agenda" for an upcoming parliamentary mission to Shanghai, says the senator heading the delegation, but "it may well come up."