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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.

More work to be done on same goals: Atlantic MPs

Reinforcing the core goals the Liberals ran on in 2015 will be a key part of holding Atlantic seats in next year's federal election, according to two regional MPs.

Lead-up to 2019 election a balancing act, incoming party president says

The incoming Liberal party president says their biggest challenge going into next year's election will be the balancing act between boasting about and defending the government's track record during their first mandate.

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.

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.

What should Canada's response be to airstrikes in Syria?

The best way for Canada to respond to airstrikes in Syria is to continue pushing for a resolution behind the scenes, according to a former government national security issues analyst.

'Clarity' the hope for meeting with national security adviser

Clarifying exactly what happened at an event during the prime minister's trip to India will be the goal of the national security adviser's appearance before a parliamentary committee, according to two MPs who will be in that briefing.

In House: Breaking down Trans Mountain and Daniel Jean's committee appearance

This week, our In House panel joined host Chris Hall to break down the news on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the upcoming appearance of the national security adviser before a parliamentary committee and look ahead to the Liberal convention in Halifax next weekend.

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.

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 Canada could see a repeat of last summer when hundred of asylum seekers illegally crossed the border into Canada with immigration minister Ahmed Hussen. Plus, we talk cyber attacks and changing threats with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Canada could become collateral damage in U.S.-China trade war

Canada may not be able to avoid the fallout from a trade war between China and the United States, according to one of Canada’s former director generals for North Asia.

NATO's efforts to adapt to changing threats

NATO's secretary general says he is "confident" Canada will continue to play a large role internationally, especially when it comes to responding to cyber attacks and terrorism.

Sale of Chagall masterpiece expected to net millions more than National Gallery paid

When the National Gallery of Canada auctions off one of its two Marc Chagall paintings next month, it will not only raise the money to buy what gallery director Marc Mayer says is a more significant work of art, it will make millions of dollars in profit.

Government not ready to bring political parties under privacy laws

The government isn't ready to legislate changes that would put political parties under privacy laws, but other tools could be developed to help mitigate the threat to Canadians' personal information.

Upcoming elections threaten NAFTA timeline

Upcoming elections threaten to disrupt progress made on North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, according to members of Canada's advisory council on the trade talks.

Jury selection process still needs work, minister says

More changes to the jury selection process will be needed in the future, despite new legislation tabled this week, according to the justice minister.

The Insiders: Canada's response to the populist wave

As elections in both Ontario and Quebec near, we asked out expert panel, The Insiders, to weigh in on what populism in Canada looks like.

Facebook breach a sign Canadian laws need revamp: privacy commissioner

The privacy breach involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook that came to light this week is just the latest in a long series of red flags that should signal to the federal government that privacy laws need to be strengthened, says Canada's privacy commissioner.

Firearm legislation only beginning of fight against gun crime, minister says

The newly proposed tightening of gun laws in Canada is only one step to solving firearms-related crime, the public safety minister says.

Marijuana legislation vote shows shift in Senate dynamic

Senator Peter Harder, the government's representative in the Senate, says the growing number of Independent senators provides a new dynamic when debating bills like the pot legalization bill.

Midweek podcast: Trump's approach to opioids and Canadian peacekeepers in Mali

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks about Donald Trump's response to the opioid crisis with a health researcher from the University of Alberta. We also chat with an international affairs expert about the upcoming Canadian contribution to the peacekeeping mission in Mali.

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

Marc Garneau, the chair of the Canada-U.S. relations cabinet committee, said Canada is open to planning more rounds of NAFTA talks if that's what it takes to strike a deal.

Response to Russian interference could prove difficult for Canadian officials

Russia's espionage tactics are making it difficult for Canada to coordinate an effective response, according to the former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Saskatchewan would support Alberta's decision to turn off oil taps

Saskatchewan's premier says he'd stand by Alberta if they decided to turn off the oil taps because of the ongoing pipeline dispute with British Columbia.

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 the man who just ran his successful campaign to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.