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Open-air urinals spark outrage in scenic Paris neighbourhood

'We need urinals, obviously,' says gallery manager Fabienne Bonnat, 'but not this type — not there'

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Digital heartbreak

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife’s whereabouts through her phone.

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Indigenous youth are standing up and speaking out

Indigenous young people are overcoming their doubts and are standing up to make their voices heard.

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Ready. Set. Safeguard?

The federal government is readying emergency measures to protect Canada's steel industry. But could they help one industry, while hurting another? The Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel's Walter Koppelaar and Canadian Labour Congress' Angella MacEwan discuss. Plus, Quebec's chief NAFTA negotiator weighs in on the state of negotiations.

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Ontario reverses course on pot plan

Ontario to allow private retailers to sell cannabis, but not on day 1 of legalization. Ontario AG Caroline Mulroney discusses. Plus, NYT's Kenneth Vogel on the latest political news unfolding south of the border.

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Standing up or standing alone?

Former White House Director for Global Engagement Brett Bruen on why Canada appears to be standing alone in its spat with Saudi Arabia. Plus, retiring Senator Anne Cools.

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Betting on Burnaby

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on why he chose to run for a seat in Burnaby, B.C.. Plus, the Prime Minister's special adviser on LGBT issues Randy Boissonnault.

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This Saudi thing isn't going away.

But what will be the long-term fallout? Foreign Affairs parliamentary secretary Omar Alghabra and former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay both offer their perspective on the diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia. Then, Eric Grenier looks at just how safe a seat the riding of Burnaby South is - or isn't - for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

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One tweet. Unravelling relations.

Shuvaloy Majumdar and Thomas Juneau debate the Canada-Saudi Arabia diplomatic row. Plus, Ontario minister for consumer services on buck-a-beer and federal social development minister on housing asylum seekers.

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Trust in Scheer?

A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute suggests that Justin Trudeau's Liberals are losing the political debate over the issue of asylum seekers. Why? We talk to Border Security Minister Bill Blair and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Plus, the Canadian Commander of the Mali mission discusses why we're there and what we hope to accomplish. And the Power Panel talks asylum seekers and the week that was in Ontario politics.

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Phillips vs. Phillips and election meddling 2.0

Ontario's Environment Minister Rod Phillips explains why the province is fighting the federal carbon tax. Then, Alberta's Environment Minister Shannon Phillips offers a rebuttal.

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Carbon plan scale back

The Liberal government is scaling back on part of its carbon pricing plan. Is it a win for the plan's detractors? Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe weighs in. Plus, experts weigh in on a potential handgun ban.

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Phoenix failure an 'international embarrassment'

A new Senate report issued a scathing critique of the government's handling of the Phoenix pay system debacle. Parliamentary Secretary Steve MacKinnon responds before Senator André Pratte weighs in. Plus, Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent on his 2018 report card and CBC's Eric Grenier on the latest fundraising numbers.

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Ford divides Toronto, Trump changes his tone on Iran

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's plan to shrink Toronto City Council has divided the city. Two city councillors debate. Plus, the Washington Post's Aaron Blake discusses Trump's changing tone on Iran. And the Power Panel weighs in on both issues.

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Ford takes a swipe at Toronto and Ontario school boards fight back

Ont. Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on Doug Ford's decision to slash the number of Toronto city councillors. Was this a vendetta? Plus: Ontario school boards speak out on sex-ed and former supreme court chief justice Beverley McLachlin on life after serving on the Canada's highest court.

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BONUS: Power Panel afterhours

Woot, woot! A P&P Thursday surprise. The Power Panel stuck around after the show with Vassy to take your questions on immigration and asylum seekers - the BIG political news story heating up this summer for politicians.

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AFN's new chief and Newfoundland bets big on oil

National Chief Perry Bellegarde on his controversial second term win. Was his victory tainted? Plus: Newfoundland Premier Dwight Ball, and the Power Panel tackles Ontario's $200 million price tag for housing asylum seekers.

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Ontario pulls out and Trump claims concessions from EU

Ontario's Environment Min. Rod Phillips explains why his government is scrapping cap-and-trade and what he plans to do if emitters sue the province. Plus: former CSIS analyst Phil Gurski on ISIS and the Danforth shooting and Trump meets with the EU's Juncker.

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Renewed gun debate and asylum influx

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tells Vassy what he knows so far about the Toronto shooter. Plus: Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on the emergency meeting on irregular border crossings, and the Washington Post's Aaron Blake breaks down the political implications of Trump's $12-billion bailout for farmers affected by his trade disputes.

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Attack on the Danforth and pipeline still for sale

Toronto-Danforth MP Julie Dabrousin on the deadly shooting. Plus: the new Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi on missing the deadline to find a buyer for the Trans Mountain pipeline.

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NAFTA in limbo and web warfare

Canada's ambassador to the U.S. hopes NAFTA talks will resume in the next few weeks. Plus: P&P convenes the Premiers' League with former premiers Christy Clark and Darrell Dexter.

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Saskatchewan and Ontario team up on carbon fight

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe on his alliance with Doug Ford to fight the federal carbon tax plan. Plus: Ontario's Economic Development minister on the message he's bringing to Washington.

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Summer shuffle

P&P gives you all the analysis of the Prime Minister's summer cabinet shuffle. Plus: the new Minister of Border Security Bill Blair, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on the carbon tax, and Trump's latest word mix-up.

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Cooked books and double negatives

Donald Trump says he misspoke when he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue of U.S. election meddling. He said the misunderstanding is down to his use of a double negative...we'll ask the Power Panel if anyone's buying it. Ontario's new P.C. government has launched an inquiry into the previous government's spending. Doug Ford says the Liberals "cooked the books." Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli joins P&P to discuss. And Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister talks to Katie about what he's doing to drop interprovincial trade barriers ahead of the premiers meeting in New Brunswick.

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From foes to friends, and border backlash

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki for a high-stakes, high-drama summit. Brookings Institution's Dr. Alina Polyakova gives P&P the political analysis, then Finland's ambassador to Canada explains why his country hosted the meeting. Plus: MPs on why they're holding emergency immigration meetings this summer, and the Power Panel discusses the Ford government's clarification on sex-ed changes.

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Ontario fights the feds and Mueller drops the hammer

Ontario refuses to sign a joint communique on immigration, and the fallout between Immigration Min. Ahmed Hussen and his provincial counterpart Lisa MacLeod is explosive. P&P has all the analysis from Katie Simpson and the Power Panel. Plus: Pod Save America's Dan Pfeiffer looks ahead to the Democrats' road map for 2020, and PEI's Environment Minister explains why his province reversed course on carbon pricing.

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Crisis averted and Ontario's speech from the throne

Donald Trump reaffirmed U.S. commitment to NATO today. Former NATO supreme allied commander James Stavridis tells Power & Politics that it's crisis averted...for now. Plus, Doug Ford's government laid out its agenda in a throne speech today. But was it more notable for what it didn't include? Our Ontario panel weighs in.

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Chief Antagonizer and Ontario goes old school

Donald Trump berates NATO allies on defence spending at the leaders' summit. Will his pressure tactics make the alliance stronger, or drive it apart? Former Canadian and US ambassadors to NATO Yves Brodeur and Ivo Daalder are here. Plus, Doug Ford's government announces they're reverting to the 1998 sex-ed curriculum, and the Hydro One CEO and board are out.

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Greyhound's end of the road and NATO showdown looming?

Did governments see the Greyhound cuts coming, and could they have stopped it? P&P talks to the beleaguered bus company's regional vice president for Western Canada. Plus, a British Conservative MP gives us the inside scoop on the Brexit chaos inside Theresa May's government, and the Power Panel - with help from polls go-to guru Eric Grenier - assesses how parties will up their games on fundraising.

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Military might and May Day in the UK

Prime Minister Trudeau extends Canada's military mission in Latvia - is it an effort to appease Donald Trump's complaints on defence spending ahead of the NATO summit? MPs debate. Plus, former senior counsel to Canada on CETA Christophe Bondy fills us in from London on the latest Brexit blow as some of Theresa May's top ministers resign in protest.

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Silence broken, troubling numbers

A Quebec center for countering radicalization says the number of hate crime reports it received in 2017 was twenty times higher than 2015. What's behind the troubling trend? The center's research manager is here to discuss. Plus, a new report suggest that if Canada responded to a Trump auto tariff, the results would be catastrophic. We talk to a representative from Canada's automobile association about that nightmare scenario. And, the reporter at the center of the Trudeau groping allegation broke her silence today. In a statement, she confirmed that the alleged incident happened but that she wouldn't not be pursuing the issue further. The Power Panel will discuss.

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Trudeau reflects and Ontario draws a line

Ontario's new PC government said today that the federal government is 100 per cent to blame for the refugee housing crisis gripping Toronto. Ontario says Ottawa should therefore foot 100% of the bills. We ask Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to respond. Dozens more Canadian troops are departing for the peacekeeping mission in Mali. How do you prepare for such a dangerous mission? Former Chief of the Defence Staff Rick Hillier weighs in. Justin Trudeau faced more questions today about an alleged groping incident that took place 18-years ago. The CBC's Catherine Cullen joins me with the details on what the Prime Minister had to say and the Power Panel weighs in.

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Ford's reversals and Mexico's intentions

Mexico has elected a populist free trade sceptic as its new president. What does Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's big win mean for the fate of NAFTA? Mexico's Ambassador to Canada is here to discuss. Ontario's new PC government has announced several reversals and delays on everything from ticket resale laws to the previous government's prescription drug coverage policy. Are the changes politically motivated? Or sensible? The Power Panel debates. Plus, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald joins me to discuss her thoughts on Doug Ford's government. And, University of Calgary economics professor Jennifer Winter is here with a reality check on what the Liberal government's carbon plan could cost Canadians.

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Leftist landslide in Mexico: what does it mean for Canada and NAFTA?

Former Mexican Congressman Agustin Barrios Gomez looks ahead to how Mexico's new president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will approach NAFTA and trilateral trade. Plus: Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. have officially kicked in. Is America feeling the impact yet? We check in with the Detroit business community.

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Canada's retaliatory tariffs kick in and Dawn of the Doug (Ford)

Canada's international trade minister Francois-Philippe Champagne explains what will happen once the retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. kick in on July 1. Plus: Doug Ford's transition team chair discusses the new cabinet, priorities and next steps for the PC government, and the P&P Ontario panel weighs in on today's big stories.

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Hitting back, but at what cost?

Earlier this month, the U.S. slapped Canada with tariffs on steel and aluminum. Tomorrow, Canada will reveal exactly how it will strike back. But as the government looks to protect this country - could it also be hurting it? We talk to two representatives from the construction industry who are concerned about the government's plan. Plus, we'll talk to National Revenue Parliamentary Secretary Kamal Khera about fighting offshore tax evasion and to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson about why he's boycotting the American Embassy's 4th of July festivities.

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Weed watch, Tories launch tariff tour and Trump-Putin summit

Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt discusses her party's tariff tour around Canada, and Toronto mayor John Tory calls on the federal government to do more to help Toronto's straining shelters and refugees. Plus: an update on the TransMountain pipeline and the latest on Trump's summit with Putin as the NATO meeting looms.

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'This is not about trust. It's about having faith'

As forces kick off a year-long peacekeeping mission in Mali, just who can Canadian troops trust? National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan tells Power & Politics it's not about trust, "It's about having faith." Plus. provincial finance ministers gathered today in Ottawa. Top of the agenda - what to do about American metal tariffs? Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao joins me to discuss. And the Austrian Ambassador to Canada is here to talk Europe's migration crisis.

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Mission in Mali and closed for business

As Canadian peacekeepers arrive in Mali, MPs debate Canada's first peacekeeping mission in nearly 20 years. Plus: Is Canada losing its competitive edge to the U.S.? Two economic experts look at the merits and downsides of slashing corporate taxes. Then, the Power Panel discusses swing set scandals and Opposition optics.

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Gearing up for NAFTA and border cities brace for legal pot

Foreign Affairs Min. Chrystia Freeland has convened her NAFTA advisory council, but have they reached any consensus about how to move talks forward with the U.S.? Former Industry minister and current council member James Moore updates P&P. Plus: three mayors discuss their seventeen-week strategy to roll out legal pot, an equalization payments fact check, and the Power Panel discusses Trump poking Canada on defence spending.

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Ready to roll?

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale addresses concerns about U.S. border crossings once marijuana is legal. Plus: subway to the suburbs? As Doug Ford promises a subway line to cities outside of Toronto, the Power Panel digs into whether it's something commuters really want, the NYT's Ken Vogel clarifies the Trump administration's backdown on its immigration policy, and Natan Obed reflects on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Get your lighters ready

The date is set. On October 17 - the 95-year prohibition on cannabis will officially come to an end in Canada and recreational weed will be legal across the country. We talk to the Minister of Justice and the Premier of Saskatchewan about what happens next. Plus, President Donald Trump took a rare step backwards today, reversing course on his controversial policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. But, the President says he isn't backing down on his 'zero-tolerance' policy? What does that mean? We'll ask a national security reporter at the Washington Post. Finally, as he walks away from federal politics, Tom Muclair joins me to discuss the state of the NDP.

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'Shameless hypocrisy'

The Trump administration pulled the U.S. from the UN Human Rights Council today over what it calls "shameless hypocrisy" and bias. But the move comes just one day after the UN Human Rights Commissioner condemned the U.S. policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Are the two events linked? P&P speaks with a UNHCR representative and a human rights lawyer from Guatemala. Plus, Andrew Scheer sits down with Vassy to discuss Trump's immigration policy, carbon pricing and Maxime Bernier.

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Separation Anxiety and Emission Accomplished

What will the Trump administration's new 'zero tolerance' immigration policy mean for Canada's own borders, and should Trudeau denounce the family separation happening in the U.S.? MPs and the Power Panel debate. Plus: California and Quebec shut the door to Ontario's carbon market after Premier-designate Doug Ford says he's abandoning cap-and-trade.

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Security scare and landmark Supreme Court ruling

Katie Simpson has all the details on a death threat received by the U.S. ambassador to Canada. Plus: we explore two angles to a controversial Supreme Court decision that will have implications for religious freedom and LGBTQ rights. The Power Panel digs into Doug Ford's plan to end cap-and-trade.

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NAFTA back on track and Italy threatens CETA

Just how serious is Donald Trump about auto tariffs? North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer warns Canadians that the President 'doesn't issue empty threats.' The Power Panel digs into that interview, plus a hot Quebec byelection battleground. Then former Quebec premier Jean Charest talks about the future of another trade deal - CETA - now at risk from the Italians.

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'This is more of a family squabble'

With Canada-U.S. relations at an all time low, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Washington today to meet with powerful lawmakers. Her mission - rally U.S. support for the Canadian cause. Was the Minister's message heard? Republican Representative Bill Huizenga is back to discuss. Plus, a battle is brewing over the government's legal cannabis bill. The Senate wants to leave it up to the provinces to decide on whether or not to allow homegrown weed.The government...is not interested. We talk to Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Independent Senator Yuen Pau Woo and Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair.

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Trump meets Kim, criticizes Trudeau

After weeks of twists and turns, it finally happened. Donald Trump sat down with Kim Jong-un today for a high stakes meeting on nuclear disarmament. But what did the summit accomplish? Was it more than just a glitzy photo-op? Two former ambassadors weigh in. Plus, after the summit, Trump took another swipe at Trudeau, saying the Prime Minister's action are going to cost Canada a lot of money. Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci joins the program to discuss souring Canada-U.S. relations.

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An international Trump-er tantrum

What will be the diplomatic fallout - and economic impact - from the G7 summit and Trump's comments about Trudeau? Vassy digs into all the angles with cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc, the UK's High Commissioner who was at the summit, the PM's former foreign policy adviser Roland Paris, and the Power Panel.

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Ford conquers Ontario, Trump descends on Quebec

It's official. Ford Nation conquered Ontario in last night's election. How should we interpret the PCs' resounding victory? And what could it mean for federal politics? CBC's Eric Grenier breaks down the results before our Ontario election panel weighs in. Plus, Donald Trump descended upon Quebec today for the G7 summit. Relations were already fraught heading into the summit, but then the U.S. President suggested Friday morning that Russia be allowed to rejoin the powerful bloc. Former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay weighs in on the tumultuous state of affairs.

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'Didn't you guys burn down the White House?'

Donald Trump evoked the torching of the White House during the War of 1812 in a testy phone call with the Prime Minister about U.S. steel tariffs. We talk to former Prime Minister Paul Martin about the call and the notion that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S.. Plus, Liberal MP Kent Hehr joins P&P for an exclusive interview to discuss the completion of the report on sexual harassment allegations that were levelled against him. David Butt, a lawyer for one of Hehr's accusers, responds. Finally, our Ontario election panel goes at it as the parties wrap up their final day of campaigning before Thursday's election.

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Bilateral vs. trilateral, and the MMIWG Inquiry gets just 6 more months

The U.S. administration says Donald Trump wants to split the NAFTA into two deals. Canada isn't having it, but what does Mexico think? We ask Mexican Ambassador to Canada Dionisio Perez Jacome. Plus, the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls wanted a 2-year extension, but the government is only giving them 6 more months. Why? Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Chief Commissioner of the Inquiry Marion Buller are here to discuss.

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Surprise surrender and $3 million bonus blowback

Kathleen Wynne's campaign co-chair David Herle joins Vassy to explain the tactics behind the Liberal leader's shocking admission of defeat. Plus: the Power Panel debates strategic voting (does it work?) and a $3 million bonus for Kinder Morgan executives after the government buys the Trans Mountain project.

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Friends or foes, and will strategic voting decide the Ontario election?

Donald Trump fires back at Canada for the government's retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. MPs discuss next steps, former trade adviser to George W. Bush Phil Levy offers an American perspective, and the Power Panel talks tariffs and why Paul Martin is campaigning for Kathleen Wynne.

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Inching towards a trade war?

Canada hit back against the U.S. with dollar-for-dollar tariffs on everything from steel products to maple syrup. Are the two countries headed for a trade war? And what does this mean for NAFTA negotiations? Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is here. We get provincial reaction from Quebec's Deputy Premier and Saskatchewan's Minister of Trade and Export Development. Plus: the Mayor of Hamilton weighs in.

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Collision course on NAFTA

Are the feds preparing to retaliate if Trump slaps tariffs on steel and aluminum? Freeland's parliamentary secretary Matt Decourcey is here. Plus: Our Ontario election panel debates Doug Ford's 'Plan for Ontario' website, and the Power Panel weighs in on pipeline pushback strategies and federal politicians getting involved in provincial elections.

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Ottawa buys Trans Mountain

Finance Min. Bill Morneau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley make the case for the federal government buying the Trans Mountain pipeline, while Opposition MPs raise some red flags. Plus: Auditor General Michael Ferguson doesn't hold back in a blistering review of the failed Phoenix pay system.

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Tick-tock of the Trans Mountain clock and Brown talks Ford

"They've snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory before": Hannah Thibedeau brings us the details of her interview with Former Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown before Eric Grenier breaks down the latest polls. Plus, MPs discuss Kinder Morgan's fast approaching deadline and Bill Blair weighs in on whether Canada's chamber of sober second thought may delay legal weed.

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P&P: NDP takes the lead in Ontario race and who is Magic Magid?

As the NDP takes the lead in the polls, is the party peaking too early? Our panel of political commentators debate, argue and analyze. Plus: Magid Magid is 28, a Somali refugee, and the new Lord Mayor of Sheffield, UK - and he's determined to shake up the political scene.

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Trump walks on Kim and Kenney apologizes to Trudeau

U.S. President Donald Trump has cancelled his high-stakes summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. What does it mean for the peace process? Nonproliferation analyst Melissa Hanham weighs in. Plus, UCP Leader Jason Kenney says he regrets his comments on Justin Trudeau and counterterrorism expert Mubin Shaikh discusses Canadian ISIS fighter Abu Huzaifa - a man he has personally counselled.

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Rachel Notley skips the party and Trump says Canada is “very spoiled”

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley skipped a big Western Premiers conference in Yellowknife today as the Alberta-B.C. pipeline spat continues to spiral. Was skipping the party worth it? Plus, U.S. President Donald Trump says Canada is “very difficult to deal with” and “very spoiled” when asked about ongoing NAFTA negotiations. We ask Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to respond.

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Closing the gap and things are getting awkward between B.C. and Alberta

Ontario's NDP gains ground in the polls. Is this a new race with just two weeks to go? Plus, Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe wades into the pipeline battle between B.C. and Alberta, the Minister of Justice explains how her proposed divorce law overhaul will change the way Canadians experience the divorce process, and a senior petroleum analyst gives us all a gas price fact-check as pump prices get politicized.

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May 18: Confessions of a killer and NAFTA shutdown

The New York Times' Rukmini Callimachi talks to Vassy about the latest revelations on her podcast 'Caliphate' about Canadian former jihadi Abu Huzaifa. Is he getting away with murder while living in Toronto? Plus: Vancouver becomes the first major Canadian city to ban plastic straws - will it really make an impact?

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May 17: NAFTA's ticking clock and Ford under fire

Vassy gets the lowdown on NAFTA from the CBC's Katie Simpson and the Wilson Centre's Laura Dawson. Then, former Bloc Quebecois leader Michel Gauthier explains why he's switched party allegiances to the federal Conservatives. The Power Panel tries to wrap their heads around Patrick Brown's Julius Caesar comparison in the former Ontario PC leader's upcoming book, and Ambassador Carla Hills - who negotiated the original NAFTA - weighs in on the fate of the deal.

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