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The House

Go behind the scenes in the world of Canadian politics with CBC reporters in the Parliamentary Bureau and across the country.

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The strange coronation of Donald Trump

Michael Enright reflects on the Republican National Convention.

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Ross Rebagliati

The Canadian Olympic Snowboarder opens up about the pressures of being the world’s top snowboarder.

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Grieving

This week's podcast explores the complex nature of the grieving process.

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Yazidi ISIS slave shares her harrowing story

A young Yazidi woman's life in Iraq took a horrific turn when her town was taken over by ISIS.

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Last minute deal: Premiers reach Canadian free-trade agreement

This week, The House is in Whitehorse to cover the annual gathering of Canada's 13 provincial and territorial leaders.

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Mid-week podcast: The Phoenix controversy and the Premiers get together

The Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Judy Foote, addresses the growing list of problems with the government's Phoenix pay system. Then, former Quebec Premier Jean Charest looks ahead to the Council of the Federation.

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The impact of the military coup attempt in Turkey

This week on The House, retired Canadian diplomat Ferry de Kerckhove outlines the consequences of the attempted military coup in Turkey. We also look ahead to the Republican convention and the annual Council of the Federation.

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Mid-week podcast: the end (almost) of the Senate expenses scandal

With the charges of fraud and breach of trust against Senator Patrick Brazeau being withdrawn, the legal portion of the Senate expenses scandal appears to have come to an end without a single conviction. Senator Bob Runciman joins us with his reaction.

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Canadian troops heading to Eastern Europe

This week on The House, with hundreds of Canadian soldiers heading to Latvia as part of a NATO mission, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan explains the alliance's approach to Russia.

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Mr. Kenney goes to Alberta

What will Jason Kenney's decision to seek the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party mean? Interim leader Ric McIver talks about the road ahead.

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The Three Amigos push back against protectionist rhetoric

This week on The House, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Green Party leader share their thoughts about the Three Amigos summit.

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Mid-week podcast: Barack Obama's speech and the 3 Amigos meeting

On the mid-week podcast, Chris Hall reviews Barack Obama's address to Parliament and the 3 Amigos summit with Laura Dawson from the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center and Colin Robertson from the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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The Brexit aftermath

This week on The House, we discuss the shocking outcome of the Brexit vote with former Quebec premier Jean Charest, the U.K.'s High Commissioner to Canada and the German Ambassador to Canada.

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Mid-week podcast: The PM kicks off the political summer

On the mid-week podcast of The House, Terry Milewski and Emmanuelle Latraverse analyze Justin Trudeau's end-of-sitting/beginning of summer press conference. Then, we look at the future of the Canada Pension Plan with Perrin Beatty and Fred Vettese.

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Looking over Big Brother's shoulder and the call for a 'NAFTA plus"

This week on The House, former Mexican president Vicente Fox argues in favour of an expanded NAFTA. Then, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale explains how a group of parliamentarians could soon be able to watch over Big Brother's shoulder.

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Mid-week Podcast: Canada's "massive confusion" over innovation

On the mid-week podcast, Dan Breznitz , the Munk Chair of Innovation Studies and co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, has a few suggestions for the politicians crafting Canada's innovation strategy.

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When private and public collide - Christy Clark's decision to share a secret from her past

This week on The House, the premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, explains why she decided to share the story of when she was assaulted as a teenager, and what the reaction has been.

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Mid-week pod: Make sure the electoral reform plate is not 'too full'

On The House mid-week podcast, Chris Hall talks to former Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley about what politicians should keep in mind as they start tackling electoral reform.

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Liberals rewrite the electoral reform script... with help from the opposition

This week on The House, the Minister of Democratic Institution, Maryam Monsef, explains why the government backtracked on its electoral reform plan. Then, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne talks about the difficult choices ahead on the climate change front.

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Assisted dying legislation now in the hands of Senators

We talk to the president of the Canadian Medical Assosication, Dr Cindy Forbes, about how the medical community feels about the assisted dying bill. We also sit down with Canada's Environment Commissioner, Julie Gelfand, to discuss her latest audits.

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A tale of two conventions

We take the pulse of the Liberal and Conservative conventions with Conservative MP Jason Kenney, and with Liberal Party president Anna Gainey. We also discuss the future of the assisted dying legislation with three Senators.

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Interview - Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney is mulling over whether or not he'll put his own name forward as a Conservative leadership candidate, but one thing is certain - he won't be a 'pale pink imitation' of a Liberal.

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Midweek pod: behind the scenes in Japan

The CBC's David Cochrane gives Chris the main takeaways from his first overseas press trip with the Prime Minister to Japan for the G7 summit. Plus, two experts debate what exactly is meant by the "green economy".

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau on G7 goals

Bill Morneau joins us from Japan to talk about selling Canada's fiscal plan abroad to his G7 counterparts.

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Why did tensions escalate in the House of Commons?

We discuss the aftermath of a tense week in the House of Commons with MPs Kevin Lamoureux, Tom Lukiwski, Peter Julian and Elizabeth May. Plus, Gregor Robertson on pipeline concerns and Bill Morneau from Japan's G20 finance ministers' meeting.

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Midweek pod: Minister Carr on new pipeline review panel

Chris talks with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr about the new advisory panel for the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Plus, two electoral reform experts discuss how to take political self-interest out of the reform process.

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Liberal approach to electoral reform under fire

This week on The House, we tackle the Liberal government's controversial approach to reforming the electoral system with the Liberals' Mark Holland, the Conservative MP Scott Reid and NDP MP Nathan Cullen.

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Midweek pod: Wildfire wake-up call

You asked, we listened. After a flood of feedback from listeners wanting to hear from scientists on climate change and the link to the Fort McMurray wildfire, we asked two climate change and fire experts to come on the show.

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Fort McMurray fire and the road to recovery

Alberta's lead minister on the wildfires, Danielle Larivee, joins The House to discuss how the province - and the country - will help the residents of Fort McMurray. Plus, B.C. Premier Christy Clark discusses the federal disaster mitigation fund.

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Midweek pod: return of the Three Amigos

On The House midweek podcast, Chris gets an update from Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson about the Fort McMurray wildfires. Then, after more than two and a half years, the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will convene for a summit in Ottawa next month.

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Looming questions for the Senate, and an MPs hostage story

Conservative Senator Denise Batters says the Senate isn't getting the answers it needs from the government's Senate representative Peter Harder. Plus, NDP MP Nathan Cullen on his kidnapping experience.

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Midweek pod: 'no easy decisions' for governments on ransoms for hostages

What are the behind-the-scenes decisions governments have to make in hostage-taking situations? Security expert and former counter-terrorism agent in the US State Department, Fred Burton and former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy join us.

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Mike Duffy is heading back to the Senate

This week on The House, we take a deep dive into the Duffy trial's stunning acquittal with Duffy's lawyer Don Bayne, Marjory LeBreton and Peter Harder. Plus, Elizabeth May and Rachel Notley.

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Mid-week podcast: drama of Duffy trial draws to a close

On The House mid-week podcast, we explore the legal and political stakes of the Mike Duffy trial as the three-year Senate saga wraps up Thursday with the court ruling. Then, a Liberal MP on the behind-the-scenes talks before the assisted dying debate.

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Health Minister Jane Philpott discusses crisis in Attawapiskat and assisted dying bill

This week on The House, Minister of Health Jane Philpott discusses the crisis in Attawapiskat and the government's assisted dying bill. Then, former PBO Kevin Page talks transparency and federal budgets.

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Midweek pod: will Megan Leslie run for NDP leadership?

Former NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie tells Chris whether or not she'll run as leader of the party. Then, indigenous Liberal MP Don Rusnak and ITK president Natan Obed discuss the crisis in Attawapiskat.

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Special podcast: The NDP's search for a new leader has begun

The House brings you a special emergency podcast after delegates at the NDP convention voted in favour of a leadership race. Who will the party choose to replace Tom Mulcair? Chris Hall talks to Sally Housser, Olivia Chow, Laura Stone and Nick Gamache.

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The future of Tom Mulcair and the NDP

This week on a special edition of The House, host Chris Hall travels to Edmonton for the NDP convention.

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Mid-week podcast: should Mulcair stay or go?

This week on the mid-week podcast, two labour leaders make opposing cases for the future of NDP leader Tom Mulcair ahead of the party's convention this weekend.

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EI controversy and the NDP's future

This week on The House, Alberta's Minister of Labour, Christina Gray, talks about her concerns with Ottawa's approach to EI changes. Then, NDP President Rebecca Blaikie discusses the results of her party's election post-mortem and we look ahead to the NDP

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Mid-week podcast: Nuclear Summit and remembering Jean Lapierre

On The House mid-week podcast, with Justin Trudeau about to head to Washington, D.C., for the Nuclear Summit, we look at the issues that will be on the table with Joan Rohlfing, the president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

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Spotlight on Budget 2016

We put the Liberal government's first budget under the microscope with Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and NDP leader Tom Mulcair.

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Mid-week pod: Budget 2016 and Belgian Ambassador

On The House mid-week podcast, we talk Budget 2016 with cabinet minister Navdeep Bains and Cindy Blackstock, the president of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Then, we talk to the Belgian Ambassador to Canada Raoul Delcorde.

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New shoes for the Finance Minister... and new Senators for the Red Chamber

This week on The House, Liberal House Leader Dominic Leblanc explains how his government's first Senate appointments could change the Upper Chamber. We also talk to newly-appointed Senators Peter Harder and Justice Murray Sinclair about their new roles.

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After Washington, Justin Trudeau goes to the United Nations

On The House mid-week podcast, what is Justin Trudeau trying to accomplish at the United Nations this week? We talk to Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion and former UN Ambassador Yves Fortier.

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Did Justin Trudeau manage to hit the reset button on Canada-U.S. relations?

This week, The House is in Washington to assess what came out of Justin Trudeau's official visit. We talk to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Canada's International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, U.S. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy and former Amba

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Extra podcast: The House goes to Washington... part 2

For a second special podcast of the week, we sat down with Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the co-chair of Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and Simon Henshaw, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Population, Refugee

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Mid-week podcast: Keystone discussion 'sucked all the oxygen' out of Canada-U.S. relationship, new ambassador says

This week on the mid-week podcast, The House team travels to Washington, D.C., ahead of Thursday's state dinner and sits down for a feature conversation with Canada's new ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton.

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Canadian climate change plan starts taking shape... slowly

From putting a price on carbon to pipelines to new emissions targets, we talk climate change politics with federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.

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Gearing up for a tense first ministers meeting

On The House mid-week podcast: what to expect from this week's first ministers meeting in Vancouver? We talk to Alec Castonguay from l'Actualité and Graham Thomson from the Edmonton Journal.

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Preston Manning's prescription to recharge the Right

This week on The House, with the Conservative Party still in its post-election, pre-leadership phase, former Reform Party leader Preston Manning joins us to look ahead to how the party should approach the key files of today — and tomorrow.

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Mid-week podcast: pot and growing deficit

We talk pot today with drug policy reform advocate Eugene Oscapella and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. Then, we talk about the case of the growing deficit with Finance committee chair Wayne Easter and NDP Finance critic Guy Caron.

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'Unacceptable toxicity' at the RCMP needs to be cleaned up, says Ralph Goodale

This week on The House, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale discusses the shocking reports of sexual harassment, bullying and other offensive behaviour that rocked the RCMP this week.

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Tom Mulcair takes responsibility for NDP's 'extremely cautious' campaign

This week on The House, NDP leader Tom Mulcair explains in an exclusive interview why he wrote to his party's supporters this week to take the blame for the disappointing results of last fall's election.

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No CF-18s and more trainers: the future of the anti-ISIS mission

This week on the mid-week podcast of The House, we break down the announcement about Canada's future contribution to the fight against ISIS with Elinor Sloan and Thomas Juneau.

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Christy Clark on economic growth, pipelines and climate change

BC Premier Christy Clark talks about economic growth and the challenges of a national climate change plan. Then, Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos discusses "social infrastructure" spending in the budget.

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Mid-week podcast: Justin Trudeau visits struggling Alberta

On the mid-week House podcast, Wildrose leader Brian Jean discusses Justin Trudeau's visit to Alberta. What can Ottawa do to help the province's struggling economy? Then, we talk to Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski about his face-to-face this week with the

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The great pipeline debate

This week on The House, pipeline politics dominated debates this week. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, the president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna join us.

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