This week on a special edition of The House, Chris Hall travels through south western Ontario to talk to Canadians about what they want to see in the next federal budget. We talk about jobs with students at Queen's University, infrastructure with Mississaugua Mayor Bonnie Crombie, innovation with former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and the automotive industry with a union head. Finally, the former governor of the Bank of Canada, David Dodge, gives us his assessment of the state of the economy.
On our third day on the road, we explore the idea of an innovation budget. What do entrepreneurs in Kitchener-Waterloo need from the federal government? We also ask RIM founder Jim Balsillie if he thinks Ottawa is heading in the right direction when it comes to innovation. Finally, Chris Hall and House senior producer Nick Gamache bring you a special "road trip" edition of the midweek podcast.
On Day 1 of The House pre-budget road trip, we hear from commuters at a Tim Hortons in Mallorytown looking for skills training, students at Queen's University frustrated at their career prospects, and the Belleville Chamber of Commerce about what they need from Ottawa to help their town.
This week on The House, the chair of the cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations, Marc Garneau, gives us clues about how the upcoming meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump will go. Then, the next budget has been rumoured to be the Liberals' innovation budget. Will that be the key to generating growth and making sure Canada can deal with the economic uncertainty created by the new Trump administration? We sit down with Navdeep Bains, Canada's Minister of innovation.