Saturday January 09, 2016

Will 'Sunny Ways' last longer than your average New Year's resolution?

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie - RTX1Y5PO

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie - RTX1Y5PO (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

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This week on The House, December 31st came and went without the government reaching its target of bringing in 10-thousand Syrian refugees by the end of 2015. Now the Liberals will continue to be judged on their refugee commitments for the rest of the year, and beyond. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, John McCallum, joins us for an update on the situation.

As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, John McKay, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Defence, and Tony Clement, the Conservative Party's Foreign Affairs critic, debate what defence tactics the country should take in 2016.

Will the Supreme Court grant the federal government a 6-month extension to deal with the emotionally-charged issue of doctor-assisted death? And without an extension, could we soon enter a legal grey zone when it comes to physician-assisted death? University of Ottawa law professor Carissima Mathen joins us to set the stage.

Finally, In House panelists Rosemary Barton and Mark Kennedy join us to discuss the Liberal government's biggest challenges over the next 12 months, including the one that may overshadow them all: the economy.

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