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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Any province could veto a major pipeline under an NDP government, says Singh

An NDP government would grant all provinces veto power over national infrastructure projects that cross their borders, says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

Green candidates say they don't remember past anti-abortion comments

A candidate for the Green Party has said he "doesn't remember" expressing anti-abortion views on a Campaign Life Coalition questionnaire, or asking would-be Conservative party voters to consider supporting him because of his abortion views in a Facebook post from 2015.

'I have to save the whole world': Elizabeth May talks climate change, politics and personal heroes

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May sat down last week with Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos to talk about climate change, the abortion debate, NATO and alternative career prospects, among other things.

Green Party won't ban members from trying to reopen abortion debate, says May

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says elected members of her party won't be prevented from trying to reopen the debate on abortion in the next Parliament, despite her own stated belief that "a woman has a right to a safe, legal abortion."

Canada's top soldier says he doesn't regret his actions in the Norman affair

Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance tells Power & Politics that while his decision to suspend Vice Admiral Mark Norman was "personally difficult," he doesn't regret any of the actions that he took.

It's 'imperative' that Canada repatriate its detained ISIS fighters, says Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his administration has been clear with the Canadian government that the U.S. wants Canada to bring home its own citizens who joined ISIS and are now detained in Syria.

Wilson-Raybould now says she was contacted by RCMP over SNC-Lavalin affair

Jody Wilson-Raybould now says she was contacted by the RCMP in the spring over the SNC-Lavalin affair, CBC News has learned.

Freeland called ex-China diplomat to assure him government wasn't trying to muzzle him

Former Canadian ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called him last week to assure him personally that the government wasn't trying to "muzzle" his public comments on Canada-China relations.

Ottawa stands by U.S. as safe third country, despite new border policy

The federal government says it continues to designate the U.S. a safe third country despite calls to suspend the Canada-U.S. border pact in the wake of new controversial asylum rules implemented by the Trump administration.

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.

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.

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.