Vassy Kapelos

Vassy Kapelos is the host of Power & Politics. Prior to working in Ottawa, she covered provincial politics in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Turkey's purchase of Russian missiles a 'serious and difficult' issue for alliance, says NATO chief

Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile defence system represents a serious and difficult problem for NATO, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, but he remains optimistic a solution can be found.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs abandons planned carbon tax court fight

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is abandoning plans to launch a legal challenge of the federal carbon tax but said he will continue to intervene in Saskatchewan's ongoing legal challenge to the federal carbon pricing backstop.
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Oliphant 'personally disappointed' N.S. premier didn't mention Canadians detained in China

Rob Oliphant, the parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, says he is “personally disappointed” that Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil didn’t bring up the Canadians detained in China when he met recently with Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye.
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Jagmeet Singh won't say whether he supports B.C. LNG development

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh would not say today whether he supports liquefied natural gas development in B.C. during an interview with CBC News Network's Power & Politics.

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.

I would 'absolutely' put a price on carbon, says newly minted N.B. Liberal leader Kevin Vickers

New Brunswick's newly minted Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers said he will put a price on carbon in his home province if he becomes the next premier.

Robert Fife had 'a lot of sleepless nights' after breaking the SNC-Lavalin story

Globe and Mail Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife said he was worried for weeks after breaking the SNC-Lavalin story that has rocked the Liberal government, fearing that former cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould would refute his reporting.
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China compiling list of Canadian targets for possible retaliation in ongoing diplomatic spat: former envoy

China has asked its regional governments to draw up a list of business dealings they have with Canadian firms in order to widen the scope of ways the superpower can strike back against Canada in the ongoing dispute over the arrest of a senior Chinese telecom executive, said Canadian ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques.
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Provincial elections offer lessons and opportunities for federal parties, say former premiers

Three former premiers say federal parties should take note of the mood of the electorate after voters chose conservative parties in a string of recent provincial elections.
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Time for Canada to drop the 'white gloves' in diplomatic feud with China, says ex-diplomat

As Beijing continues to ramp up diplomatic pressure on Canada through its decision to stop importing Canadian canola seed, one former ambassador to China says it's time for Canada to "remove our white gloves" and retaliate against the Asian superpower.

Philpott and Wilson-Raybould can speak freely on SNC-Lavalin in Commons, says former House law clerk

For the past 24 hours, opposition MPs in the House of Commons have staged a series of consecutive confidence votes to pressure the Liberal government to let the former attorney general and justice minister answer more questions before a committee of MPs - but according to a former law clerk of the House, that pressure tactic was unnecessary.
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Wilson-Raybould's SNC-Lavalin claims set 'all alarms sounding' at OECD: spokesman

The chair of the OECD's Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions said today Jody-Wilson Raybould's testimony on SNC-Lavalin compelled the group to speak out on allegations of political interference in the criminal case against the Quebec engineering firm.

Goodale says he won't put Canadians 'at risk' to bring ISIS fighters home for trial

A day after the United States called on its allies fighting in Syria and Iraq to bring their foreign fighters home for prosecution, Canada is insisting it will not put its citizens at risk to answer the call.
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Peaceful transition 'absolutely' possible in Venezuela, says Freeland

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says a peaceful transition of power is “absolutely” possible in Venezuela, even as embattled President Nicolas Maduro digs in his heels and opposition leaders refuse to rule out military intervention.
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'Far too premature' to discuss military intervention in Venezuela, says Sajjan

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan says it's too soon to consider military intervention to address the political crisis gripping Venezuela.