Katie Simpson


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.

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'She's way out of her league': Steel exec slams Freeland's handling of tariff fight

A prominent Canadian steel executive told MPs this week that Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland​'s "ego" is getting in the way of ending American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

From clashes to candy, the evolution of Chrystia Freeland's relationship with her U.S. trade counterpart

Canada's foreign affairs minister sat down for a celebratory meal to mark the end of USMCA talks with a new unlikely friend. Chrystia Freeland invited U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to her Toronto home on Tuesday.

'Yay!': How the Canadians won the argument that opened the door to a NAFTA deal

After months of what had been described as "continuous negotiations," a crucial breakthrough materialized Saturday — a major concession by the U.S. team that made it easier for the Canadians to get to 'yes' on a new trilateral trade deal.

Canada seeks tariff shield, assurances from U.S. as NAFTA talks continue and Freeland flies home

The window for Canada and the U.S. to land a NAFTA breakthrough this week is getting smaller, as officials sit down in Washington, D.C., today for what are expected to be the final high-level meetings this week.

Liberals to face 'louder' criticism at home over NAFTA, Conservatives vow

The Liberals will face new criticism at home over the government's handling of NAFTA negotiations. The Conservatives are promising to be "louder" in raising their concerns about the state of talks as negotiations drag on.

Canada prepared to play deadline spoiler in NAFTA talks: source

In the face of mounting pressure to wrap up NAFTA negotiations by the end of the month, a senior source suggests Canada is comfortable with missing that deadline.

Canada returning to NAFTA talks earlier than expected

Canada's foreign affairs minister is heading back to Washington for another series of high-level NAFTA meetings. Chrystia Freeland will be in D.C. on Tuesday, before heading off to the Liberal caucus retreat in Saskatoon later in the week.

Freeland returning to Canada for break in NAFTA talks with no deal in hand

After two weeks of what Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland described as "intense" NAFTA negotiations, she is returning to Canada for a break from the talks without a new deal in hand.

Freeland calls for 'flexibility' as NAFTA talks break for weekend

Canadian and U.S. officials take a weekend break from NAFTA talks after a week of tense negotiations in Washington and comments from U.S. President Donald Trump suggesting he is unwilling to compromise on a deal.

Freeland has 'constructive meeting' with U.S. as Canada faces pressure to sign or face auto tariffs

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says conversations with the U.S. remain "constructive," even as White House officials threaten to impose punitive tariffs on Canadian-made cars if Canada doesn't sign on to a new North American Free Trade Agreement​ by Friday.

​'The new norm': Diplomat says Canada may need to get used to being alone on world stage

One week into the Canada-Saudi Arabia spat and there has been very little high-profile public support for the Canadian position. A former British high commissioner to Canada says this might be the new normal.

High level NAFTA preparation meetings set for Ottawa on Wednesday

Canada's ambassador to Washington will be spending Wednesday in Ottawa for a series of high level NAFTA preparation meetings. David MacNaughton is expected to sit down with members of the Prime Minister's Office and trade officials ahead of what could be a busy month of trade talks.

Canadian ambassador expects NAFTA talks will resume in the next few weeks

Canada's ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton tells Power & Politics he expects NAFTA talks will resume in the next few weeks. MacNaughton says coming to an agreement on autos will allow talks to advance to the outstanding issues of dispute resolution and the proposed "sunset clause."

U.S., Australia undermining China's trading relationship with Canada, ambassador suggests

China is keen to launch formal free trade talks with Canada, but its ambassador in Ottawa warns outside influences could disrupt the relationship. During an interview through a Mandarin translator, Ambassador Lu Shaye suggested Canada's key allies could be negatively influencing the Canada-China relationship.

Canadian company that helped build new World Trade Center hurt by Trump's steel tariffs

A Canadian steel company that helped build the new World Trade Center is feeling betrayed by U.S. tariffs on steel — and by the justification offered for those measures.
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