Rosemary Barton


Rosemary Barton is CBC's Chief Political Correspondent, based in Ottawa.

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The WHO may be 'imperfect' but the world still needs it, says Dr. Anthony Fauci

One of the lead members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 advisory panel says the world still needs the World Health Organization, despite some of the flaws that have been exposed during this pandemic.

RCMP commissioner vows to review use of controversial neck hold restraint

The head of the Royal Mounted Canadian Police said today the service will review its officers' use of a controversial neck hold restraint —a promise that comes as mass protests against police brutality continue across North America in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Tam says the pandemic will bring a 'new normal' to workplaces, defends WHO's performance

Canada's top doctor says that when Canada's locked-down economic activity revives, she expects to see companies embrace a "new normal" in how they operate to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

'Was it perfect? No': Theresa Tam discusses Canada's early pandemic response

Canada's top doctor told CBC News the federal government could have made earlier efforts to keep the COVID-19 pandemic from sweeping across the country — but moves to close borders and screen travellers for the illness sooner might not have made much of a difference.

Liberal MP Kamal Khera pleads for people to stay home after testing positive for COVID-19

Liberal MP and registered nurse Kamal Khera has one message for Canadians since she tested positive for COVID-19: listen to the experts and stay at home.

In 2003, Canada failed the pandemic test. Here's what we've learned since

This is the moment Canada has been preparing for for 17 years — a chance to pass the pandemic test this country failed during the SARS outbreak of 2003, and to find out through our response to the COVID-19 pandemic just how much we've learned from the mistakes of the past.

Over 20 years ago, we had a plan to repair the Crown-Indigenous relationship. What happened?

Almost a quarter-century ago, Canada had a comprehensive plan to repair the Crown-Indigenous relationship. Is it time to revisit the final report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples?

Eyes off the prize: Why is the Conservative leadership field so small?

There were 14 names on the ballot for the Conservative leadership convention back in 2017. The fact that there are few serious contenders for the job now may indicate how much the job has changed since Stephen Harper had it - and how hard it might be going forward.

The coronavirus crisis is driving a sudden thaw in Canada-China relations

Canada's response to the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak is winning unusual praise in China — a development that federal government sources here say is part of a broader re-engagement strategy aimed at repairing strained relations between the two countries.

'Enormously lucky': Dominic LeBlanc talks about his return to Parliament after fighting rare cancer

For 56 days, Dominic LeBlanc was isolated in a 10-by-10 hospital room in Montreal. Those 56 days just happened to coincide with the election campaign — meaning LeBlanc couldn't fight for a job he really wanted to keep.

A new viral threat revives an old one: racist scapegoating

The SARS outbreak showed us that viral outbreaks can breed xenophobia. We've seen this before.

For Conservative candidates who aren't fully bilingual, running to be prime minister won't be easy

Why do we expect Canadian prime ministers to be bilingual? Because the job is all about communicating with Canadians — all of them, and on their own terms.

Why Scheer's defenders are pointing to the 2004 election now — and why the argument doesn't hold up

In Conservative circles these days, people are searching for lessons about the party's future through a close examination of its past.

Ottawa and the West — it's déjà vu all over again

Western alienation is not a new thing; anyone who's paid attention to federal politics over the past two decades knows that. What few may remember, however, is how closely the political climate after the 2000 election mirrored what we see today.

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.