Saturday January 23, 2016

Infrastructure spending, the pitfalls of 'shovel-readiness' and pipeline politics

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to his introduction as he addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to his introduction as he addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

Listen to Full Episode 49:59

This week on The House, the federal government's plan to give the struggling economy a boost has infrastructure spending at its core. How exactly do the Liberals plan to proceed? Will the money be enough, and will it come quickly enough, to make a difference? Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi joins us.

Is the mayor of Calgary taking issue with Justin Trudeau's message to the Davos World Economic Forum that Canada is about more than resources? And what kind of help does Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi want from the federal government to get through the current economic downturn and the fight over pipelines? Mayor Nenshi joins us.

What should the federal government do in the face of growing uncertainty surrounding the state of the Canadian economy? The former Governor of the Bank of Canada, David Dodge, shares his prescription.

There's a long to-do list awaiting the government when MPs come back to Ottawa next week. What are the Liberals planning to focus on? Government House leader Dominic Leblanc joins us. We also hear from his opposition counterparts, Conservative Andrew Scheer and Peter Julian from the NDP.

There will be more than the economy on the agenda when Parliament returns... The ISIS mission, Senate appointments, physician-assisted dying, electoral reform, and the list goes on. What ask our In House panelists Emmanuelle Latraverse and Joel-Denis Bellavance what they will be looking for.

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    Listen 31:01
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    The Liberal Infrastructure Minister says that the government will start spending money from the New Building Canada Fund, a program from the former Conservative government, right away to get Canadians back to work.

    Listen 7:01
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    Is the mayor of Calgary taking issue with Justin Trudeau's message to the Davos World Economic Forum that Canada is about more than resources? Mayor Naheed Nenshi joins us from Davos.

    Listen 8:33
  • David Dodge

    Don't just focus on 'shovel-readiness', says David Dodge

    What should the federal government do in the face of growing uncertainty surrounding the state of the Canadian economy? The former Governor of the Bank of Canada, David Dodge, cautions against focusing on "shovel-ready projects".

    Listen 10:06
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    5 things to watch as Parliament returns

    There's a long to-do list awaiting the government when MPs come back to Ottawa next week. What are the Liberals planning to focus on? Government House leader Dominic Leblanc joins us. We also hear from his opposition counterparts, Conservative Andrew Scheer and Peter Julian from the NDP.

    Listen 11:44
  • New House of Commons

    In House Panel looks ahead to Parliament's return

    There will be more than the economy on the agenda when Parliament returns... The ISIS mission, Senate appointments, physician-assisted dying, electoral reform, and the list goes on. What ask our In House panelists Emmanuelle Latraverse and Joel-Denis Bellavance what they will be looking for.

    Listen 6:29