Chris Hall is the CBC's National Affairs Editor and host of The House on CBC Radio, based in the Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. He began his reporting career with the Ottawa Citizen, before moving to CBC Radio in 1992, where he worked as a national radio reporter in Toronto, Halifax and St. John's. He returned to Ottawa and the Hill in 1998.
A nondescript spot on the border between Quebec and New York has come to symbolize the plight of those who no longer feel welcome in the U.S., but know they cannot enter Canada through the front door.
It's safe to say that the budget Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveils today won't be the one he originally intended as a second instalment of the Liberals' plan to help the middle class — and all those seeking to join it.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is coming to Ottawa on Friday, the first member of President Donald Trump's inner circle to accept an invitation to head north for meetings with his Canadian counterparts. They plan to make the most of it.
Some critics say they want the Liberal government to suspend a deal with the U.S. that makes risky, illegal border crossings into Canada necessary for asylum seekers. But a former Liberal cabinet minister who helped craft the deal in the early 2000s says that would dramatically increase the influx.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing to meet as early as this week with U.S. President Donald Trump, a visit intended to underscore the deep ties between the two countries. But it also carries substantial political risk.
In Donald Trump's first week as president he's already signed a dozen or so executive orders and memorandums that will fundamentally change relations with his nearest neighbours for years to come.
U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural speech was tonic for the crowd that flooded Washington from those blue-collar, rust-belt states that turned on the Democrats last year when Trump offered them the brash guarantee of better days ahead.
Donald Trump, the candidate who campaigned as the political outsider, the candidate beholden to no one, is now one step away from the White House. The head of a family empire turned leader of the free world is at this point because he campaigned in absolutes.
The prime minister has renovated the cabinet he put together barely more than a year ago with an eye, it seems, to fashioning a sturdier version of the original to withstand the attention of a new, more bellicose neighbour south of the border.
He's just a few weeks away from becoming just another ordinary Joe. But that's not stopping U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden from making an official visit to Ottawa, where the Canadian government will roll out the carpet. Just don't expect any big gifts from the outgoing administration.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will break bread with the country's premiers on Friday. A coalition of mental health organizations hopes they'll discuss the need to increase spending on mental health services. The health lobby says doing nothing now will mean paying much more later.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to approve the Trans Mountain project because of his well-established pro-pipeline stance. As Chris Hall explains, Trudeau hasn't left himself much wiggle room with several other controversial files.