Rosemary Barton


Rosemary Barton co-hosts The National. She has interviewed many high-profile politicians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former prime minister Stephen Harper, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde.

Latest from Rosemary Barton

The war within: Wilson-Raybould's last days as a Liberal minister

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knew his relationship with former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was problematic long before his government was crippled by her allegations against him during the SNC-Lavalin affair.

'Oh my God, what did I say?' How Justin Trudeau learned to deal with Donald Trump

The moment Donald Trump slapped tariffs on Canada's steel imports was the moment Justin Trudeau realized he couldn't take U.S. president at his word. That hard lesson in the new reality of the Canada-U.S. relationship and several others learned by the prime minister are outlined in a new book by the CBC's Aaron Wherry.
At Issue

How effective can Wilson-Raybould and Philpott be as Independent MPs? The National's politics panel weighs in

The National's At Issue panel weighs in on how effective Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott could be as Independent MPs and whether the move by the former Liberal cabinet ministers will spark a larger political movement.

Alex Trebek credits being Canadian for toughness in face of cancer

The longtime host of Jeopardy! talks with The National's Rosemary Barton about his health and how he stays positive in the face of a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

Canada should immediately appoint high-level envoy to China, ex-ambassador says

Following the sudden dismissal of Canada’s ambassador to China, a man who once held that job called on the government to immediately appoint a special high-level envoy to deal with Beijing while it searches for a new, permanent representative.

Abandon Trans Mountain if consultations fail to satisfy all Indigenous stakeholders, says Singh

Jagmeet Singh says the federal government should be willing to end the expansion of the TransMountain pipeline if consultations do not end in “partnership” and “buy in” from all the communities along the route.

Justin Trudeau defends his record on trade, economy in The National interview

In a wide-ranging interview with The National's Rosemary Barton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks Alberta's oil problem, the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, populism, his image abroad and his temperament as prime minister.
The National

Getting around Trump: Trudeau focuses on other 'levers' to end tariffs

In a wide-ranging interview with The National's Rosemary Barton that airs Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks about the steel and aluminum tariffs that were slapped on Canada by the United States — and his game plan to have them removed.
The National

Trudeau open to rail car purchase, more generous EI rules to help struggling energy sector

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is willing to consider helping Alberta Premier Rachel Notley fund the purchase of rail cars to in an effort to increase the quantity of oil her province can ship to international markets.

Freeland says landing a renegotiated NAFTA deal was always going to come down to the wire

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said that if it was ever going to be possible to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement she believed a deal would only happen at the last possible moment.

Liberals enlist spy service as NDP asks privacy watchdog to look into Facebook's data leak

The Liberal government is enlisting CSIS and the Communications Security Establishment to look into how secure online personal information is being secured as three federal NDP MPs ask Canada's privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook amid concerns the social media giant is not properly securing the private data of Canadians.

Liberals' gender-based budget moving on equality in sports

Tuesday’s federal budget will include practical measures to close the policy gap between men and women and act on the results of an unprecedented department-by-department gender-based analysis of budget spending.

Abdoul Abdi, refugee facing deportation, says he is looking for a second chance

Abdoul Abdi came to Canada from Somalia as a six-year-old refugee. He was soon a ward of the state, which never applied for his Canadian citizenship. Now, having served time for aggravated assault, he faces deportation. In this exclusive, he explains why he should be allowed to stay in Canada.
The Interview

Samantha Bee on Trump, harassment, life in America and her stinging satire

The politics of Donald Trump and explosive issues like sexual misconduct have changed the tone of late-night shows, and Samantha Bee is gleefully injecting comedic venom into analysis of current events.

'Shocked': Retiring chief justice was blindsided by Stephen Harper's public attack

Retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says public trust in a vital democratic institution was at stake in an extraordinary public battle between her and former prime minister Stephen Harper.