The Housewith Chris Hall


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.

Looking ahead to the end of the Ontario PC leadership race

As the voting deadline looms, we sat down with Chad Rogers, a public affairs strategist and founding partner at Crestview Strategy, to talk about which candidate has the edge, how the party can move past the resignation of Patrick Brown and what the party will look like leading into the provincial election.

Canada closely watching meeting between Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada will be closely watching any upcoming meetings between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Public safety minister looking to float idea of civilian oversight with RCMP commissioner

The public safety minister wants to have a conversation with the new RCMP commissioner about the possibility of implementing a civilian board of management for the force.

Cutting off oil to B.C. in fight over pipeline has to be an option, says Jason Kenney

Alberta's opposition leader, Jason Kenney, says the province needs to leave its options open when it comes to choosing how to respond to the feud over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Shaking ties to Sikh nationalists Trudeau's only hope to move past India trip, expert says

Justin Trudeau must distance himself from the Khalistani extremist movement and focus on trade if he wants to beef up Canada's economic relationship with India, according to a Canada-India expert.

What experts, advocates and critics want to see in Budget 2018

Before this year's budget is released on Tuesday, we asked politicians and policy experts what they are hoping to see included in its pages.

The Insiders: Looking back on India and ahead to the budget

It was a busy week in international politics as Justin Trudeau made headlines with his trip to India, but it was also a busy week in domestic politics as the 2018 budget will be announced on Tuesday. We asked our expert political panel, the Insiders, to weigh in.

Changes to parental leave aimed to get more women into workforce, minister says

Introducing a new incentive for fathers to take parental leave has largely been driven by the government's attempt to promote gender equality, including allowing women to return to work after having a baby, according to a cabinet minister who oversaw the consultations.

Indigenous rights framework could lead to rethink of Canadian geography, expert says

Introducing a new legal rights framework to respect Indigenous rights won’t be just as simple as holding consultations, according to an Indigenous issues researcher.

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.

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 the not guilty verdict in the trial over Colten Bushie's death.

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.

Midweek podcast: Overhauling the Fisheries Act

The Liberal government announced Tuesday that it is amending the Fisheries Act, reversing changes made under the Harper government. Minister of Fisheries Dominic LeBlanc proposed $284.2 million to restore protections for fish and fish habitats and to develop new modernized industry safeguards and he spoke with CBC Radio’s The House.

The House 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. We also chat with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley about the Trans Mountain pipeline, and our In House panel is back.

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.

Midweek podcast: a new TPP, and a new ombudsperson to end decade-long fight for accountability

This week on The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks with trade expert and former Quebec premier Jean Charest about the state of the NAFTA talks and the new TPP. We also speak with MP John McKay about the government's new responsible enterprise ombudsman and his push for a watchdog to look after Canadian companies abroad.

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.