National Newswatch

Congratulations to Harry and Meghan, but long live the Queen

May 14 2018 — Peter Mansbridge — The wedding of the year, with all its pomp and pageantry, is almost upon us. There’s much talk about what it all means as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle — for Britain, for the monarchy and for the approaching post-Elizabethan era. After all, this will not be your normal royal wedding. She’s older than he […]

A new way to interview the prime minister

Jan 29 2016 — Peter Mansbridge — The first prime minister I interviewed was Pierre Trudeau. It was in the late 1970s during an era of very conventional formats. David Halton, the CBC’s legendary chief political correspondent then, and I sat at a highly polished Parliament Hill table alongside the prime minister, and questioned him on the issues of the day. It […]

Justin Trudeau’s 1st day as PM: Family, flag and father

Nov 5 2015 — Peter Mansbridge — In a private moment hours before becoming Canada’s 23rd prime minister, Justin Trudeau was climbing the stairs in an empty Parliament Building, holding his two eldest children by the hands, when he made an unscheduled stop in a hallway holding the portraits of former prime ministers. “Who is that?” Trudeau asked his son and daughter.

Today is your story

Oct 19 2015 — Peter Mansbridge — Most of us can remember the images. People lined up for blocks. Some of them with tears in their eyes. Where was this? South Africa after the end of apartheid. Across the former Soviet Republics of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism. Afghanistan after the fall of […]

Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy set to meet again – in court

Aug 11 2015 — Peter Mansbridge — The video is somewhat faded after 34 years in the CBC library, but it’s pretty clear that the young man shown clapping ‎enthusiastically at a 1981 political rally is Nigel Wright. Even at that young age — he was 18 at the time — Wright was active and dedicated to what was then the Progressive […]

Andrew Doiron’s colleagues held fire when Kurds turned guns on them

Mar 12 2015 — Peter Mansbridge — Sgt. Andrew Doiron died almost instantly and his special operations colleagues never returned fire last Friday when Canada’s Kurdish allies suddenly and unexpectedly swivelled their weapons away from ISIS targets to cut them down, CBC News has learned. A senior official with access to the most sensitive intelligence on the incident spoke to CBC News, […]

Why I remember on Nov. 11: Peter Mansbridge

Nov 11 2014 — Peter Mansbridge — It was an etching of a fish that first caught my eye. It had been penciled into the walls of a tunnel eight metres deep in Vimy Ridge. Drawn there by a Canadian soldier, quite possibly on the night before he and thousands like him stormed out of the tunnels, attacked the German stronghold and, […]

The Franklin search: Peter Mansbridge on why we should care

Sep 9 2014 — Peter Mansbridge — First of all, I’m biased. I love the mystery of the Franklin story and always have, ever since I was a kid. Then at 20, when I started with the CBC in Canada’s North, I continued to be fascinated by the stories I heard of the ships that went missing during Sir John Franklin`s 1845 […]