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The House

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Sex is more than sex

Steve wants to have more sex with his wife. But is his focus on the bedroom obscuring a bigger issue?

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Origin stories

Ever wonder how we got here? Digging into history, these podcasts uncover the past to understand the present.

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The mighty mistle thrush

Vanessa Blanch and Alain Clavette tracked down a flock of birders to tell the story behind this “mega-rarity” in the birding community.

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Tragedy + Time

Oriana can’t lie and it’s hurting those close to her. Also, Kevin wants to make his grandma laugh.

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Updated podcast - The Liberals' challenges on the road to re-election

This week, The House is at the Liberal policy convention in Halifax. Chris Hall talks to participants, MPs, and the new party president about the challenges the Liberals are facing, and the new policies needed to win in 2019. We also ask Barack Obama’s former chief strategy David Axelrod if Justin Trudeau’s “Sunny Ways” pitch will be enough to secure a second win or if he’ll need a new approach and new policies now that the political honeymoon is over.

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The Liberals' challenges on the road to re-election

This week, The House is at the Liberal policy convention in Halifax. Chris Hall talks to participants, MPs, and the new party president about the challenges the Liberals are facing, and the new policies needed to win in 2019. We also ask Barack Obama’s former chief strategy David Axelrod if Justin Trudeau’s “Sunny Ways” pitch will be enough to secure a second win or if he’ll need a new approach and new policies now that the political honeymoon is over.

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Midweek podcast: Why Quebec is watching the Trans Mountain battle

This week on The House midweek podcast, we explore why Quebec is so interested in the Trans Mountain expansion feud with Quebec's minister of Canadian relations, Jean-Marc Fournier. We also talk to family doctor Danielle Martin about the concept of a national pharmacare program.

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Trudeau, Notley and Horgan meet to avoid a constitutional showdown

This week on The House, we explore the issues surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. Chris Hall also looks ahead to the unprecedented committee appearance of National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Daniel Jean, to discuss Justin Trudeau's trip to India.

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Midweek podcast: Ottawa's legal options on pipelines and what Scotland can learn from Quebec

On The House midweek podcast, we sit down with constitutional law expert Carissima Mathen to discuss the federal government's legal options moving forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. We also talk to the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament about what Scotland can learn from Canada's relationship with Quebec.

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Could Canada see another wave of asylum seekers?

This week on The House, we talk about the escalating trade fight between China and the U.S. and its potential impact on Canada with former diplomat Phil Calvert. We also explore whether could we see a repeat of last summer when hundred of asylum seekers illegally crossed the border into Canada with the immigration minister. Plus, we talk cyber attacks and changing threats with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Midweek podcast: Battling cyber attacks and responding to the Rohingya crisis

On The House midweek podcast, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to Chris Hall about cyber security, growing tensions with Russia and Canada's potential involvement in Iraq. We also sit down with Bob Rae to discuss the recommendations he has for Canada's response to the Rohingya crisis.

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What is Ottawa ready to do to protect your privacy in the digital age?

This week on The House, what is the federal government ready to do to protect your privacy in the digital age? And does it all have to start by protecting you... from political parties? The acting Minister of Democratic Institutions, Scott Brison, join us. We also talk about the latest NAFTA developments and Ottawa's attempt to tackle court delays. Finally, the Insiders join us to discuss populism in Canada.

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Do Canada's privacy laws need an update... and to apply to political parties?

This week on The House, Chris Hall talks about the fallout from the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal with Canada's privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien.

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Trump's approach to opioids and Canadian peacekeepers are heading to Mali

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks about the U.S. president's approach to tackling the opioid crisis. Then, we look at the federal government's decision to send peacekeepers to Mali.

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How the chaos in Donald Trump's Washington might affect Canada

This week on The House, after another tumultuous week in Washington, D.C., guest-host Catherine Cullen talks to Marc Garneau, chair of the Canada-U.S. relations cabinet committee. We also talk with a former CSIS director about how Canada can respond to threats from Russia. Finally, Saskatchewan's new premier, Scott Moe, explains why he supports Alberta's Rachel Notley when it comes to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project.

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Midweek podcast - Doug Ford's provincial campaign to build off leadership race tactics

Doug Ford's strategy going into the provincial campaign is expected to build off his leadership tactics, according to his the man who just ran his successful campaign to lead the Ontario PC, Michael Diamond.

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Canada dodges Donald Trump's tariffs... for now

This week on The House, with Canada having dodged Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, but the threat of those tariffs still looming large over the NAFTA negotiations, guest-host Catherine Cullen talks to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland about the challenges of dealing with the U.S. administration. Then, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale discusses the challenges for the new commissioner-designated of the RCMP, Brenda Lucki.

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Trump's tariffs and India trip fallout overshadow budget 2018

This week on The House, Chris Hall sits down with Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss his latest budget. Then, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer shares his thoughts on the Liberals' fiscal blueprint and the ongoing controversy over the Prime Minister's trip to India. Finally, we discuss the potential impact of new U.S. trade restrictions on aluminum and steel.

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Midweek pod: Inside the 2018 federal budget lock-up

On The House midweek podcast, from inside the 2018 federal budget lock-up, Chris Hall dissects Bill Morneau's latest fiscal blueprint with CBC parliamentary bureau chief Rob Russo and CBC senior reporters David Cochrane and Karina Roman.

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Justin Trudeau's chaotic India trip and next week's federal budget

This week on The House, we dig into Justin Trudeau's chaotic visit to India. Then, we look ahead to next week's budget with the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos. Finally, the Insiders discuss what Finance Minister Bill Morneau needs to accomplish with his third fiscal blueprint.

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Midweek podcast: Ontario PC drama and Indigenous rights framework

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks to Conservative strategist John Capobianco about the political drama surrounding the Ontario PC party leadership race. Then, Leah Sarson, a Visiting Arctic Fellow at the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College, explains why Ottawa's plan to develop a new legal framework to guarantee Indigenous rights might encounter some unforeseen challenges.

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A new chapter for Indigenous rights?

This week on The House, Chris Hall sits down with two cabinet ministers, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Carolyn Bennett, to discuss the recently promised legal framework to recognize Indigenous rights. We also talk to NDP leader Jagmeet Singh about crafting a progressive alternative to the Liberal Party.

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Midweek: Colten Boushie's family meets Justin Trudeau

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks to Kathy Hodgson-Smith, an indigenous rights and criminal defence lawyer based in Saskatoon, and Bill Trudell, the Chair of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers, about the issues that have been raised in the aftermath of last week's verdict in the trial over Colten Bushie's death.

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Ottawa not closing the door to incentives if B.C. caves on pipeline

This week, Chris Hall sits down with Natural Resources Jim Carr to talk about the dispute over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Then, we hear from B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver.

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Special podcast: Ontario PC leadership race

The House talks to leadership candidates Doug Ford and Christine Elliott.

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Midweek podcast: Overhaul of the Fisheries Act

On The House midweek podcast, guest-host Hannah Thibedeau talks to Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

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Chris Hall sits down with the Prime Minister

This week on The House, Chris Hall sits down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to talk about tackling sexual harassment, the future of NAFTA, his broken promise to reform the electoral system, and whether he will ever live at 24 Sussex Dr. again.

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When #MeToo and Time's Up collide with Canadian politics

This week on The House, after allegations of sexual misconduct forced out two provincial party leaders — in Ontario and in Nova Scotia — and one federal cabinet minister, we ask Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt, former NDP MP and WWF Canada president Megan Leslie, and former Liberal staffer Greg MacEachern about what should happen next. The Insiders also join us with their take.

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Midweek podcast with Jean Charest and John McKay

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks to former Quebec premier Jean Charest about the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, and its potential impact on the NAFTA talks. Then, we hear from Liberal MP John McKay about his efforts to bring more independent oversight of Canadian mining companies, and what he plans to go after next.

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The Montreal Round: NAFTA talks at critical juncture

This week on The House, Chris Hall talks with two members of the NAFTA advisory council, Rona Ambrose and Hassan Yussuff, about what to expect from next week's round of negotiations in Montreal. We're also joined by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to discuss Ottawa's plan to put a price on carbon, and by Indigenous children advocate Cindy Blackstock to talk about her hopes for the upcoming emergency meeting to address the over-representation of Indigenous children in foster care.

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Midweek podcast: North Korea meeting missed the mark, says former diplomat

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks to retired Canadian diplomat James Trottier about why he thinks excluding key players like China and Russia limited the effectiveness of this week's North Korea meeting in Vancouver. We also talk to the CBC's Don Pittis about the Bank of Canada's decision to raise its key lending rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.25 per cent.

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NAFTA uncertainty overshadows Liberal priorities

This week on The House, Justin Trudeau and his cabinet returned to work this week amid growing uncertainty surrounding the future of NAFTA. We ask International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne about Canada's strategy.

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New Year for new leaders: what do Scheer and Singh need to do in 2018?

This week on The House, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh discuss what they need to do to establish themselves as the main alternative to Justin Trudeau ahead of the next federal election.

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The 2017 House political Quiz!

This week on The House, La Presse's Joël-Denis Bellavance, the Toronto Star's Tonda McCharles and the Globe and Mail's Laura Stone face off in our annual holiday political quiz!

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The PM breaks ethics laws and the state of NAFTA talks as 2017 draws to a close

This week on The House, cabinet minister Marc Garneau discusses the ethics commissioner's ruling against Justin Trudeau, as well as the state of the ongoing NAFTA negotiations.

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Midweek podcast: Political books

Bob Plamondon talks about his book "Shawinigan Fox: How Jean Chretien Defied the Elites and Re-Shaped Canada," and Rob Walsh discusses "On the House: an Inside Look at the House of Commons."

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Is Ottawa heading for another military procurement disaster?

Ottawa's military procurement history is littered with delays, extra costs, and broken promises. With the Liberal government planning to purchase used F-18 fighter jets from Australia, is the federal government heading for another procurement disaster?

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Midweek podcast: Income sprinkling and 2017's biggest political stories

Josh Wingrove of Bloomberg News and Mia Rabson of the Canadian Press joins Chris Hall on The House midweek podcast.

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Can Ottawa and the provinces agree on how to tax pot?

This week on The House, guest-host David Cochrane talks to federal finance minister Bill Morneau and his B.C. counterpart Carole James about how Ottawa and the provinces plan to agree on how to tax marijuana, and how to split those revenues.

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Midweek podcast: Making sense of the drama in China

Chris Hall joins us from China to break down Justin Trudeau's trip there, and whether a deal on free trade talks is still possible. Then, CBC senior reporter Murray Brewster brings us the latest in Canada's attempts to purchase fighter jets.

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Deal or no deal? Justin Trudeau heads to China with free trade decision up in the air

This week on The House, International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne explains why the federal government is still debating whether Canada will formally enter free trade negotiations with China on the eve of Justin Trudeau's official visit.

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Midweek podcast: PM nominates next Supreme Court Justice

Chris Hall discusses the nomination of Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court with Kathleen Mahoney from the University of Calgary.

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Can a new strategy put a dent in Canada's housing problems?

This week on The House, will the Liberals' National Housing Strategy really make a difference? We talk to cabinet minister, and the former head of a homeless shelter, Patty Hajdu.

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Midweek podcast: Rachel Notley on pipelines, and the AG shares his frustrations

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley joins us to discuss her outreach effort to get more buy-in for pipeline expansions. Then, Auditor General Michael Ferguson explains why he's frustrated that one of his key messages to the government keeps getting ignored.

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House extra: Canada's top general pushes back against critics of peacekeeping plan

The House brings you a special podcast from the Halifax International Security Forum featuring conversations with Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Jonathan Vance, and the Chairman of of the Military Committee of NATO, Petr Pavel.

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NATO and Canada adapting to new and evolving threats

This week, The House is at the Halifax Security Forum to talk to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and the U.S. representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, about the most pressing security concerns facing t

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Midweek podcast: Peacekeeping announcement and UN climate conference

Chris Hall looks at the Liberal government's new peacekeeping plan with NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière and her Conservative counterpart Erin O'Toole. We also connect with Green Party leader Elizabeth May from the UN climate conference.

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TPP partners agree on "core elements" of a trade deal, so what's next?

This week on The House, after a confusing day of negotiations at the APEC summit in Vietnam, 11 TPP countries reached an agreement on "core elements" of the trade pact. We talk about what that means with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest.

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Midweek podcast: security and intelligence committee finally gets to work

On The House midweek podcast, the committee of parliamentarians tasked with overseeing Canada's security and intelligence agencies is finally ready to begin its work. We sit down with the chair of the committee, David McGuinty.

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'Room for better legislation' to deal with sexual harassment

This week on The House, on the heels of troubling findings on workplace harassment in Canada, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says there's "room for better legislation" even if she expects resistance as the government takes steps to tackle the issue.

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Midweek podcast: Liberals unveil new immigration plan

Chris Hall and the CBC's Kathleen Harris discuss Ottawa's 2018 immigration plan. We also talk to Lorne Dawson, the Director of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, about this week's attack in New York.

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Preview of Canada's immigration plan

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen tells The House that the federal government will aim to welcome at least 300,000 immigrants next year.

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Why the Governor of the Bank of Canada worries about your debt

This week on The House, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz joins us for an exclusive broadcast interview. We also talk to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen about the country's growing immigrant population, and look at what Ottawa is willing to do whe

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